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Week of Angry Protest After George Floyd’s Murder, Yet Human Rights Watch Silent

Ever since the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on 25th May, righteously enraged Americans have taken to the streets of almost every major US city in protest, leading to at-times incendiary clashes with law enforcement.

Photos and videos of police employing force against both violent rioters and peaceful demonstrators have circulated widely on social media, National Guard troops are deployed across the country to enforce curfews, and President Donald Trump has made numerous statements that have attracted significant controversy, such as promising “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”.

In such times, people the world over almost reflexively look to international human rights organisations for information, condemnation, and action. However, anyone visiting the website of Human Rights Watch in search of any of those vital services will be left wanting — for despite professing to be “one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights”, not a single mention of Floyd, or the viciously heavy-handed response to the protests his killing inspired, can be found as of 1st June.


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