U.N. Human-Rights Chief Scolds U.S. On Race

In the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights is calling for “a determined effort to root out institutionalized discrimination” in the U.S.

In a statement released Tuesday in Geneva, Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein of Jordan expressed concern about “the disproportionate number” of young black men shot dead by police in the U.S.

He also brought up “the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row.”

Hussein said the issues add up to concern about whether or not the U.S. is complying with a number of U.N. human rights treaties, including the convention on the elimination of racial discrimination.

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