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From Liechtenstein to Venezuela, France under fire from critics at the UN

It’s a must and everyone takes it for their rank. But this May 1, it was France’s turn to go on the board at the UN and the critics were not kind. Attacks against migrants, racial profiling, police violence…: the French delegation had to listen to the reproaches of other members of the organization while the UN was examining the human rights situation in our country.

The 193 member states of the United Nations must regularly report on the human rights situation on their territory and submit to the recommendations of their peers. A large number of countries, including the United States but also Tunisia, have called on France to do more to combat violence and racial discrimination.

“Racial profiling”

“We recommend that France intensify its efforts to combat crimes and threats of violence motivated by religious hatred such as anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred,” said US Representative Kelly Billingsley.

Brazil, as well as Japan, deplored “racial profiling by security forces” and South Africa called on France to “take measures to guarantee impartial investigations by bodies outside the police in all cases of racist incidents involving police officers”.

The Minister for Gender Equality and Diversity, Isabelle Rome, who led the French delegation, did not respond directly to every criticism but compared racism and anti-Semitism to “poison for the Republic “.

Liechtenstein calls for investigation

Police violence during policing operations, in particular demonstrations, was highlighted by several delegations such as Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

That of Liechtenstein called for an independent investigation into these excesses, Luxembourg that France “rethink its policy in terms of maintaining order while Malaysia wants those responsible” to be punished.

Russia “concerned”

Russia, Venezuela and Iran, three countries whose serious human rights violations are regularly condemned by the UN and human rights bodies, have also chosen to specifically attack the violence policewomen.

“We are concerned about the harsh and sometimes violent measures aimed at dispersing peaceful citizens,” said Russian representative Kristina Sukacheva. In France itself, criticism has multiplied against the use of force deemed excessive in recent months against demonstrators opposed to pension reform.

ID number

During the French delegation’s response session, Sabrine Balim, a legal adviser to the Ministry of the Interior, argued that “the use of force” was “strictly framed (…) and, in the event of misconduct, sanctioned “.

In addition, she recalled that members of the police had an obligation to wear an individual identification number “in order to ensure visibility and traceability of their actions”. An obligation not always respected and the French Minister of the Interior, Gérard Darmanin demanded that it be worn “in all circumstances”.

Several states have also urged France to work to defend women’s rights, with some, such as Spain and the United Kingdom, emphasizing domestic violence. Other countries have insisted on the rights of Muslim women, such as Malaysia which has called on France to “quickly” change laws banning them from covering their faces in public spaces.

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