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United Nations Human Rights sets up inquiry into the death of George Floyd

U.N. Human Rights Council condemned discriminatory and violent policing after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and ordered a report on “systemic racism” against people of African descent. The 47-member-state forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by African countries. The mandate also asks U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to examine […]

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George Floyd’s brother asks United Nations to investigate killing of black people at the hands of US police

The brother of George Floyd, whose death last month triggered mass anti-racism protests, has asked the UN to investigate the killing of black people at the hands of US police. Philonise Floyd told the UN Human Rights Council the whole world saw how his brother was tortured and killed. He said this proved that black […]

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White House forces US embassy in South Korea to take down Black Lives Matter banner

The US embassy in South Korea has taken down a Black Lives Matter banner, reportedly after pressure from US leaders. The large banner went up on Saturday but was removed on Monday. US media said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump were unhappy with the display. People have marched around the world […]

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Picture of black man carrying injured white man at London protests goes viral

“That’s not what we do!” Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez heard the words ring out during chaotic scenes in London on Saturday, when mostly peaceful anti-racist demonstrations turned into violent scuffles with counter-protesters in the area. Then he saw the man who had uttered them – a black protester emerging from the melee carrying an injured […]

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Crowd funding sourced bail money for cop charged with murder of George Floyd

Thomas Lane, one of the four police officers who were charged over the death of George Floyd, has been released from jail after an online campaign crowdfunded his bail. The Star Tribune reported the fundraiser website managed to raise $750,000. The portal termed the amount disproportionately high and said Lane did best to save the […]

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Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests across Australia

Thousands of people across Australia attended Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday wearing masks and practising social distancing amid warnings from state leaders to call off the events on fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections. The rallies, dominated by a heavy police presence, were mostly peaceful. Protesters marched on the streets or gathered […]

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Catalyst for change: Funeral for George Floyd held

George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as “Big Floyd” — a father and brother, athlete and neighbourhood mentor, and now a catalyst for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice. More than 500 mourners wearing masks against the coronavirus packed […]

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Merriam-Webster to update its definition of racism following George Floyd’s death

Kennedy Mitchum wasn’t expecting much when she emailed Merriam-Webster last month, but she wanted to let the dictionary publisher know that she thought its definition of the word racism was inadequate. So she was surprised when an editor responded and even more surprised that the company agreed to update the entry. Mitchum has gotten into […]

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CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman quits after brands cut ties

The chief executive of CrossFit has quit after causing offence with remarks about the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests. Greg Glassman stepped down after athletes, gyms and sportswear firms cut ties with his $4 billion. Mr Glassman acknowledged having caused a “rift” in the CrossFit community. His exit came on the day […]

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Judge sets conditional bail of $1 million for ex-cop charged with George Floyd’s murder

A Minneapolis judge set a $1 million bail for police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday as he made his first court appearance charged with the murder of George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man whose death sparked nationwide protests. Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 pressing his knee on handcuffed Floyd’s neck until he expired, […]

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Protesters turn fence erected by Trump around White House into Wall of Resistance Art

Art is always a big part of protests. And as the United States entered the third week of protests following the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd, protesters in Washington DC have turned the fence around the White House into a memorial art wall, with messages and posters against racial injustice. The fence, which has earned […]

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Reebok, athletes, gyms cut ties with CrossFit over founder Greg Glassman’s George Floyd tweet

Reebok has led the charge of brands and athletes cutting ties with fitness firm CrossFit, after founder and CEO Greg Glassman controversially tweeted “It’s Floyd-19” in response to a tweet about racism being a public health issue. His tweet was a direct reply to a post from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation that […]