This past academic year, in response to a call for input from Michelle Bachelete, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Laura and Ava took the lead (collaborating with partners at Access Now), in drafting a 24-page submission providing data on U.S. law enforcement’s responses to anti-racism peaceful protests across the U.S. from June-Dec. 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, including excessive, militarized and discriminatory use of force, arbitrary arrests, detention and cruel treatment, and use of surveillance tactics as well as inflammatory language against protestors, journalists, medics and legal observers. In their submission, Laura and Ava also provided an overview of federal, state and local laws and policies affecting protestors’ rights in the U.S. and the lack of accountability mechanisms for abuse of those rights. Their submission made 41 concrete recommendations for addressing systemic racism in U.S. law enforcement.
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2018 – The University of Southern California Gould School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic (USC IHRC) and Access Now, together with legal counsel, Foley Hoag LLP, are urging the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to address recent human rights violations committed by the Republic of Cameroon against the country’s Anglophone population.(more…)