Speaking at a special UN discussion about racism and police brutality, a Vatican official repeated Pope Francis’ recent remarks: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
Speaking about demonstrations in the United States following the killing of George Floyd by police, Pope Francis also said, “At the same time, we have to recognise that violence is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Vatican’s permanent observer to UN agencies in Geneva, shared the pope’s words on 18th June as the UN Human Rights Council held an “urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality against people of African descent and violence against peaceful protests”.
“Racial discrimination in all its forms is absolutely intolerable,” Archbishop Jurkovic told the meeting. “All members of the human family, made in the image and likeness of God are equal in their inherent dignity, regardless of race, nation, sex, origin, culture or religion. States are called to recognise, defend and promote the fundamental human rights of each person.”
Picture: Best friends Megan Wright and Juienne Brown are seen as protesters rally around the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va., on 12th June 2020, against racial inequality and the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man said to have spent several minutes under a Minnesota police officer’s knee before becoming unconscious and later dying. (CNS photo/Jay Paul, Reuters).