Wrap it up already.
That’s what a group of United Nations independent experts are telling the U.S. government when it comes to finalizing the review of the Trayvon Martin case.
According to UN.Org:
“We call upon the US Government to examine its laws that could have discriminatory impact on African Americans, and to ensure that such laws are in full compliance with the country’s international legal obligations and relevant standards,” said human rights expert Verene Shepherd, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent.
The death of the teen, and the acquittal of George Zimmerman (the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon) sparked a fiery debate about racial profiling in America, prompting an in-depth review of whether Trayvon’s civil rights were violated.
The US Department of Justice, the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are in the process of finalizing that evaluation of the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial.
“The Trayvon Martin case has highlighted the importance of the need to review those existing laws and policies that can have a discriminatory effect on the basis of race, as African Americans become more vulnerable to such discrimination,” Ms. Shepherd said, recalling that the US has been party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights since 1992, the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination since 1994, and many other international human rights law treaties.
“States are required to take effective measures to review governmental, national and local policies, and to amend, rescind or nullify any laws and regulations which have the effect of creating or perpetuating racial discrimination wherever it exists,” said the Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere.
Maybe this little push from the U.N. will be what the government needs to finally get this case, if they find cause, up and going.