The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which operates under the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), urged America on Tuesday to “develop reparation proposals” for descendants of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, claiming its “lingering legacy” still represses black Americans today.
The human rights office’s focus on a slavery system that ended in the 1800s is hypocritical considering its inaction regarding the enslavement of millions of people in China today. Dozens of multinational companies – including household names in America such as Nike, Nintendo, and BMW – have been implicated in China’s slave trade, using supplier companies that evidence suggests purchased Uyghur slaves to abuse in their factories.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has not only done little to condemn the genocide of Uyghur people and other Turkic ethnic groups by the Chinese government, but has praised the Communist Party for its alleged “achievements” in human rights during a visit to China, and East Turkistan, in May.
The condemnation of the pre-Civil War slave trade in the United States published on Tuesday was part of a periodic review of several countries, including rogue regimes such as communist Nicaragua and Zimbabwe in addition to Azerbaijan, Benin, and Slovakia. In the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s full report, it noted in its “concluding observations” that the American delegation cooperating with the report acknowledged that “the displacement of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans, and their lingering legacy, are contributing factors to the racial disparities and inequities that the State party faces today.”
“The Committee recommends that the State party take the appropriate measures towards the establishment of such a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for people of African Descent,” the report suggested, “including by issuing an executive order, in close consultation with relevant stakeholders, in particular people of African descent.”
The report found its way into the propaganda arms of hostile nations like Iran, whose state-run PressTV reproduced the U.N.’s condemnation of slavery in the United States and linked it to the death of Minnesota man George Floyd in police custody in 2020, which prompted nationwide violent riots.