The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) represents over 200,000 Kenyans in the international diaspora, many of who are resident, studying, working or running businesses in the USA. The Bandung Conference is an international NGO based in Kenya. The Africa Diaspora Alliance (AfDA) is an amalgam of a number of transnational and historical diaspora organizations. The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) based in the United Kingdom has been engaged in international human rights for five decades. Blaksox is a social action and economic development network based in the UK and East Africa. All of the above organisations and their affiliates have a long history of fighting for justice and human rights around the world. We wish to bring home to the United States Government our deep concern with the failure to protect the life of George Floyd and many other African Americans over the years. Hon Paul
K. Muite, Senior Counsel and Former Presidential Candidate, Republic of Kenya, stated;
‘George Floyd’s heinous murder rocked the world and brought it to a standstill no lesser than the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic did. It needed not to be so as defenceless George didn’t have to die. Much less in a country with a global claim to justice and rule of law’.
Professor P.L.O Lumumba added;
‘Demented racists may step on our necks that we may not breathe, but our spirit and desire for freedom will not lose oxygen. George Floyd’s body may have been rendered lifeless but the World is now full of George Floyd whose spirit will defeat bigotry and hatred.’
While we do not support looting, retaliatory violence or unrelated criminal activity; we, however, denounce the twitter feeds of U.S. President Donald Trump of “glorying violence” terming Minneapolis protestors “thugs”, and pronouncing that “when the looting starts the shooting starts”. The President’s comments that protestors would be met by “vicious dogs and ominous weapons” showed no remorse or understanding for the pain that has already been inflicted on African American communities for many years. We fully support the further charges brought by Attorney General Keith Ellison against all four officers responsible for the murder of George Floyd.
Dr Peter Herbert, O.B.E., retired Judge & former Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority said:
“The murder of George Floyd is the latest in a long line of systematic killings of African Americans with direct links to slavery, segregation, & racism that exposes the moral decay of US Society. The current US President is a dangerous fascist whose administration has to be removed if the USA is not to degenerate into a political dictatorship. White America must take primary responsibility to overcome this present & past historical legacy of injustice. African Americans and all people of colour cannot be denied the fundamental right to life”. We are all George Floyd”.
Hon/Dr Shem J. Ochuodho, Global Chairperson, Kenya Diaspora Alliance & Representative of Eastern Africa Region at the AU’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council contends;
“The barbarism inflicted on Africans in China and the United States of America is an affront to all of us and humanity in general. That this is happening during the UN Decade for Peoples of African Decent is blatant rape on our rights as humans and must be stopped immediately through all means, with love, tolerance and non-violence. Similar extrajudicial persecutions by police on Kenyan soil against innocent citizens are just as offensive and must cease forthwith.”
Nine Point Plan For Institutional Change
1. A wholesale demilitarization of police forces, devolving non-police services to unarmed civil authorities, and the immediate ban of all choke holds by all police forces throughout the United States;
2.The creation of an effective and robust system of combating the institutionalized racism within all law enforcement agencies to be monitored by an independently elected body, in consultation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the NAACP.
3. The creation of an independent National Federal Police Oversight Commission, with power to monitor and regulate the performance of all 18,000 police departments in the USA, implementing the adoption of a policy of “zero tolerance” when instances of police brutality and use of excessive and deadly force arise;
4. An annual report to be produced by the U.S. Department of Justice to be presented to the House Judiciary Committee, and to the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Torture on the implementation of the strategies adopted above.
5. To remove the personal immunity that protects individual police officers from civil suits being filed by members of the public, and to impose a clear duty on police officers to de escalate all encounters before force is used.
6. The adoption of the civil standard of proof to vet, and discipline police officers, who can be suspended from active duty or removed from the force;
7. The mandatory creation of Civilian Review Boards to hold all 18,000 police forces locally accountable to their individual communities.
8. To condemn the use of US military forces against unarmed civilian on US soil contrary to the US Constitution.
9. The US Department of Justice to urgently consider applying the concept of “majority jury verdicts” where murder and/or manslaughter is alleged against law enforcement officers.
The Kenya Diaspora Alliance, Society of Black Lawyers, Bandung and Blaksox Call On America To Cease Its Violence Against African Americans and Adopt A Nine Point Plan for Institutional Change
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