United Nations Condemns “Structural Racism” in Brazil

The United Nations condemned on Wednesday morning “the clear case of structural racism” in Brazil after the deadly beating of a black man by white guards on Monday, calling for an independent investigation and urgent reforms in the nation.

The United Nations condemned on Wednesday morning “the clear case of structural racism” in Brazil after the deadly beating of a black man by white guards on Monday, calling for an independent investigation and urgent reforms in the nation.

During a virtual briefing in Geneva, spokeswoman with the United Nations rights office Ravina Shamdasani told reporters that the killing of 40-year-old welder Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas by white police officers in the city of Porto Alegre was “an extreme but sadly all too common example of the violence suffered by Black people in Brazil.”

Shamdasani said that the killing of Silveira “offers a stark illustration of the persistent structural discrimination and racism people of African descent face.” She added that government officials had a responsibility to acknowledge the underlying problem of persisting racism as the first essential step towards solving it.

Shamdani pointed to statistics showing that “the number of Afro-Brazilian victims of homicide is disproportionately higher than other groups. Black Brazilians endure structural and institutional racism, exclusion, marginalization and violence, with, in many cases, lethal consequences.”


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