The European Parliament has announced”black lives issue” since it adopted a resolution in response to the racial justice protests which have spread across Europe because of the departure of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.
493 MEPs voted in favor, 104 contrary to, and 67 abstained from the vote that likewise admits that the slave trade is”a crime against humanity”.
In its text, Parliament” strongly condemns the dreadful death of George Floyd at the USA, in addition to comparable murders elsewhere on earth”.
It expresses its support for recent demonstrations against racism and discrimination and condemns”white supremacism in all of its forms”.
MEPs condemn police action against”calm American demonstrators and journalists” and also the”inflammatory rhetoric” of US President Donald Trump.
“The excessive use of force from the audience is against the principle of proportionality,” they write.
The resolution also worries that racist and xenophobic language isn’t an issue of liberty of expression.
Throughout Wednesday’s plenary discussion, German MEP Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana stated she’d become the victim of police violence that the day before in Brussels when she photographed a language she believed abusive, a variation contested from the Belgian authorities.
She had been given a standing ovation for her address and informed Euronews how touched she was by the gesture.
The UN Human Rights Council also unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution condemning systemic racism and police violence, but following the withdrawal of a particular reference to the USA.
Alice Bah Kuhnke, greens and shadow Vice President, stated that”the adoption of this settlement is a historically significant success. It indicates that innovative forces, across celebration boundaries in the EP, stand firm in our phone to end racism and discrimination in the united states and the EU, and also to condemn police violence and attacks on journalists that are recording the protests”.
“The time has come to once and for all reinforce the struggle against all sorts of discrimination in the EU”, Swedish MEP Bah Kuhnke adds. “As greens, we’re proud to have taken this initiative and it’s currently up to the Commission and the Council to step up and behave. Step one is to recycle the anti-discrimination directive, which was obstructed in Council because 2008. The resolution, adopted by Parliament sends a very clear message. The directive needs to be unblocked immediately. To the end, I anticipate Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to behave and do her utmost to mobilize Council through the German Presidency”.