George Floyd’s brother urged the United Nations on Wednesday to act and initiate an investigation on police brutality and systemic racism in the United States, said a Reuters report.

Philonise Floyd delivered a message in the UN Human Rights Council’s first Urgent Debate convened at the request of the African Group of nations, on the abuses that happened following George Floyd’s death.

In his plea to the Council, Floyd said, “You watched my brother die. That could have been me. I am my brother’s keeper. You in the United Nations are your brothers and sisters’ keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd. I am asking you to help me. I am asking you to help us. Black people in America.”

Floyd called on the creation of an independent international body to investigate the killings of black people in America and the violence suffered by peaceful protesters from the hands of the police. 

According to a UN news report, UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called for the reform of institutions and law enforcement agencies in different parts of the world to address the “pervasive racism that corrodes institutions of government, entrenches inequality and underlies so many violations of human rights”. 

Highlighting the protests around the world and its relation to many generations’ struggles and suffering, Ms. Bachelet noted that, “too little has changed over too many years. We owe it to those who have gone before, as well as those to come, to seize this moment, at long last, to demand fundamental change and insist upon it.”

“The African Group is profoundly worried by recurring acts of racial murder and police brutality and be recurring violations of human rights against people of African heritage in some parts of the world,” said Ambassador Léopold Ismael Samba, representative of the African Group. 

The urgent debate is only the fifth to take place since the Council began its work in 2006. 

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