Zambian human rights specialists have challenged the United States to demonstrate by example the human rights it purports to promote by dealing sternly with perpetrators of criminal injustice.
Their call comes in the wake of recent reports of U.S. police brutality and murder involving African Americans who were tortured by officers and later died, a situation that has since sparked protests across the country.
The specialists who spoke in separate interviews with Xinhua called for the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators of these murders stating that they are unjustifiable and appear to be targeted at a certain group of people.
“The obvious message it sends to any person is that blacks are not wanted in the U.S., that is the immediate reaction. A country like the U.S. must project what it stands for. We are watching to see what the U.S. government will do to the people who abrogated these human rights,” said peacebuilding and conflict transformation specialist Eugene Kabilika.
Kabilika, who is Caritas Zambia Executive Director further explained that the history of the U.S. is full of such unfortunate stories of racial discrimination against African Americans noting that they (African Americans) have undergone many struggles that include being freed from slavery and having the opportunity to vote.
“There is a stereotype to extent that some sections of the global community are accusing the U.S. of institutionalizing the stereotyping. African Americans tend to be looked down upon particularly by the far-right whites, who some consider to be extremists,” Kabilika said.
He further asserted that such happenings create instability and lead to lack of peace in the world adding that it is up to the leaders to move into the right trajectory, failure to which the world becomes unsafe for all.
“It is what you do when such a thing happens that matters. If you are going to let people kill others with impunity then it becomes a challenge. However, if the culprits are brought to book you retain your credibility as country that promotes human rights,” he added.
Paralegal Alliance Network National Coordinator Phillip Sabuni said the U.S. is simply not showing what it is known for adding that what is happening in the U.S. is a very big injustice not only to the victims but the entire human race.
Sabuni observed that the police have become the judge, the jury and all. Laws are not obeyed and procedures are not followed which is contrary to tenets of democracy and the rule of law that the U.S. is supposedly known to champion.
“There is no justification for killing someone you have already apprehended and is not posing a threat to your life. There is no justice there. Even for hardcore criminals, the law provides that they are arrested and taken to court. That is what is called justice,” said Sabuni. Enditem