United Nations’ Experts on People of African Descent: Mississippi Mission

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The United Nations (UN) Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) visited Jackson along with four other cities including Baltimore, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. The purpose of the visit was to gather as much evidence about the current state and conditions of people of African descent in the United States. This trip was a follow up to the 2010 United States Visit. There findings will be reported directly to the United Nations Human Rights Council as a written report. Activist can use this report to pressure the United States government to respect, protect, and fulfill its human rights obligations to people of African descent living within the United States.

Cooperation Jackson and the Jackson Human Rights Institute hosted a full day hearing on January 23rd and a legal advocates hearing on the 24th. The hearing on the 23rd focused on testimonies given by survivors of human rights abuses, activist and scholars with the three experts posing questions for further understanding.

Community members from Jackson, the Mississippi Delta, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Other Southeast states including Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Testimonies were given on the following issues impacting people of African Descent:

Right to Education, Right to Water, Utilities and Public Goods
Workers Rights and Economic Justice
Police Brutality and Extrajudicial Killing
Mass Incarceration and Political Prisoners
Right to Health and Health Care
Land Rights, Right to Food and Food Sovereignty
Housing, Gentrification and Displacement
Gender Justice
Environmental Racism and Political Repression

We look forward to the release of the report from the UN Working Group. We will continue our fight for Human Rights locally in Jackson, statewide in Mississippi, regionally in the Southeast, and in solidarity throughout the United States empire and the world. 

We invite everyone to join the Jackson Human Rights Institute in its effort to build a Human Rights Charter and Commission to ensure human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Jackson, Mississippi as a model human rights city.