UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Review 

sun-thief-rai:

questionall:

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.

THIS IS GOOD.

THIS IS REAL GOOD.



mrsmelchiorgabor:

if you ever think a tv show is doing something completely weird, you should know that Glee once had a teenage girl giving birth to the music of Bohemian Rhapsody, cross cutting the scene with a showchoir of teenagers performing the song at the standard of experienced professionals.



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#sometimes I think that dean and samaus had a ~thing~ #I mean think about it #it’s not like anyone else in their year would notice #hell they could probably have had sex in the dorm while harry ron and neville were there and no one would’ve noticed #because harry would have been angsting and ron would have been thinking about banging hermione and neville would have been too caught up in a cloud of his own BAMFness to hear #in fact this is my new headcanon #like #they just made out all the time and fooled around a little once they got older and held hands in the hallways and NO ONE NOTICED LOL BECAUSE HARRY FUCKING POTTER WITH HIS TEENAGE EMOTIONS AND HETEROSEXUALITY OVERSHADOWED ALL THE GOOD TIMES #but like they’re also bff too #and after the battle of hogwarts was over and they’d fought side by side they got married and adopted a pygmy puff and they named it after harry because they really are quite fond of harry and all that #and dean never lets sameaus cook lol #and sometimes they’ll laugh over that one time they broke up and dean dated ginny and giggle over the fact that now she’s boning the guy who never noticed their love


 posted 5 hours ago · 85097 notes (gracelescas © pedrafilosofal)
#hp

freakingpotter:


"I lob you""I lob you too, Kurt!""Stop laubhing ad me!"

Anne wanted some cozy!Klaine in New York. They’re cuddling because it’s really cold in the appartement and poor Kurt is sick. (◡‿◡ ✿)

freakingpotter:

"I lob you"
"I lob you too, Kurt!"
"Stop laubhing ad me!"

Anne wanted some cozy!Klaine in New York. They’re cuddling because it’s really cold in the appartement and poor Kurt is sick. (◡‿◡ ✿)





rainbowrites:

lil-lis:

Interviewer: Can you become Blaine for me?

Still not over it

every single time I see this, I feel a little bit awed at being allowed to see this transformation. Because it is a transformation, and the person in the last gif is NOT the person in the first. It’s so shocking every time, and feels oddly intimate for something done in a televised interview



harrypotterdailly:

Here’s your ticket. Stick to it, Harry, it is very important. Stick to it.


 posted 1 day ago · 7073 notes (gracelescas © harrypotterdailly)
#hp

best moments of glee



Friendly reminder that anyone born between 1985-1998 didn’t get their hogwarts letter because Voldemort’s ministry wiped out the record of muggleborns 


 posted 1 day ago · 157876 notes (tinjam © tracey-hummel)
#hp

“I would just go home and I would record everything on a recorder. And then my co-star Chris Colfer, who is an amazing writer, he’s like “I just imagine you at home, with like a glass of wine, being like ‘makeup: let’s talk about lipstick’ ” and I was like that’s funny because it’s actually exactly like that.” — Lea Michele [on writing her book Brunette Ambition] (via chriscolfernews)




 posted 1 day ago · 1346 notes (tinjam © chiarizka)
#hp #lol

Happy 1st of September!



  “A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a platform  packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express, eleven o’clock. Harry looked behind him and saw a wrought-iron archway where the barrier had been, with  the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on it.
  Smoke from the engine drifted over the heads of the chattering crowd, while cats of every color wound here and there between their legs. Owls hooted to one another in a disgruntled sort of way over the babble and the scraping of heavy trunks.”

Happy September 1st, y’all!


sararye:

I hope glee does one last competition and are really scared because the opposing team’s lead singer is supposed to be the best in the entire country and slowly the curtain goes up and there he is

image


 posted 1 day ago · 2991 notes (marsmaywander © sararye)
#omg #glee #please

kurt hummel + that lucky piece of fabric riding up his buttcrack


 posted 1 day ago · 323 notes (kurtsies © colfhummel)
#glee #kurt hummel #lol