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UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Review ⇢

sun-thief-rai:

questionall:

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.

THIS IS GOOD.

THIS IS REAL GOOD.

1 hour ago on August 30th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #current events 

基月

1 hour ago on August 30th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #free! 

regarding rins eternal summer character song:
If they make rinharu endgame, I will literally ascend into another plane of existence and destroy everything in my path on the way there from the sheer emotion I will feel. That is all

1 hour ago on August 30th, 2014 |J
Tagged as: #free! #rinharu 
skania:

maihor:

Over the DreamIt’s not just absurd pride, it’s not just about looking at a dream anymoreI know, Ready…  from here… Over the DreamEven if I give a wry smile at my reckless pastI will never again blame today because of regretI know that I can’t betray my impulseI’ll once again aim for the top with my own dreamNow, return to my course, believe my course, and you?I’ll take back the future of that crumbled piece of blank paper (All right)Ready go, Ready now, I won’t let that despair (Yeah) be wasted(That’s right  I never lose my way)I will try pushing all the limits of my passion(I already said  Never lose my way)Yes, I’ll show you I can overcome any wallTake your marks… Right now!!Facing the dreams that we absolutely can’t give up onOur answers have already been decided, right?The end of the future that we charge straight through toWouldn’t go well with hesitationI don’t feel like it could be said in a roundabout wayI will probably be pushing onto you againI swallow it with an understanding faceSince I am not accustomed to being indifferentI want to see more of a world where we stand shoulder to shoulder as partners (What?) That’s us, right?(Oh yeah) If I can (yeah) swim with you (Yeah) Surely we can (OK) be more…(I realize  Time is right to move on)I will try with talent decisively carried over(It’s now  Time is right to move on)So, I’ll make you hot at high speedYou could grow accustomed to how things are, but I would rather it not be like thatEveryone should have a stage to go toBeing the first to choose the voice of the future, I can, as myself, form an answerI’ll go forward for the friends who saved me and for myselfI can do it!!Take your marks… Over the DreamFacing the dreams that we absolutely can’t give up onOur answers have already been decided, right?The end of the future that we charge straight through toWouldn’t go well with hesitation

Oh my God, this made my day. Thank you so much for the translation, Maihor! I have to admit that what I had been wondering the most about was how Rin would approach everything after what Haru told him and after finding out about Sousuke’s shoulder. But this song seems to answer everything and I’m SO hyped and so proud! 
Also, at first I wondered whether certain parts of the song referred to Sousuke or to Haru - but that “I’ll make you hot” settled it. Rin is over the dream and I’m over the moon, jesus I need saving for real

skania:

maihor:

Over the Dream

It’s not just absurd pride, it’s not just about looking at a dream anymore
I know, Ready…  from here… Over the Dream

Even if I give a wry smile at my reckless past
I will never again blame today because of regret

I know that I can’t betray my impulse
I’ll once again aim for the top with my own dream

Now, return to my course, believe my course, and you?
I’ll take back the future of that crumbled piece of blank paper (All right)

Ready go, Ready now, I won’t let that despair (Yeah) be wasted
(That’s right  I never lose my way)
I will try pushing all the limits of my passion
(I already said  Never lose my way)
Yes, I’ll show you I can overcome any wall
Take your marks… Right now!!

Facing the dreams that we absolutely can’t give up on
Our answers have already been decided, right?
The end of the future that we charge straight through to
Wouldn’t go well with hesitation

I don’t feel like it could be said in a roundabout way
I will probably be pushing onto you again
I swallow it with an understanding face
Since I am not accustomed to being indifferent

I want to see more of a world where we stand shoulder to shoulder as partners (What?) That’s us, right?
(Oh yeah) If I can (yeah) swim with you (Yeah) Surely we can (OK) be more…
(I realize  Time is right to move on)
I will try with talent decisively carried over
(It’s now  Time is right to move on)
So, I’ll make you hot at high speed

You could grow accustomed to how things are, but I would rather it not be like that
Everyone should have a stage to go to
Being the first to choose the voice of the future, I can, as myself, form an answer

I’ll go forward for the friends who saved me and for myself
I can do it!!

Take your marks… Over the Dream

Facing the dreams that we absolutely can’t give up on
Our answers have already been decided, right?
The end of the future that we charge straight through to
Wouldn’t go well with hesitation

Oh my God, this made my day. Thank you so much for the translation, Maihor! I have to admit that what I had been wondering the most about was how Rin would approach everything after what Haru told him and after finding out about Sousuke’s shoulder. But this song seems to answer everything and I’m SO hyped and so proud! 

Also, at first I wondered whether certain parts of the song referred to Sousuke or to Haru - but that “I’ll make you hot” settled it. Rin is over the dream and I’m over the moon, jesus I need saving for real

1 hour ago on August 30th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #IM SORRY I HAVENT BEEN HERE FREE!DOM LIFE HAS BEEN HAPPENING BUT HOLY CRAP THIS IS AMAZEBALLS #THANKS KYOANI #THANKS FOR MAKING ME WANT TO SCREAM IN MY VOLUNTEER BOSS LADIES APARTMENT #free! #eternal summer spoilers #LOUD SCREAMING #IF THIS #MEANS WHAT I THINK IT MEANS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON #I. I am going to die. Molly I think I'm going to die #good bye john I'm jumping off st barts now #rinharu implied 

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Saturday morning, over 1,000 people march for justice for Michael Brown. 

August 30th.

1 hour ago on August 30th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #going on almost a month now #all I can say is wow #keep the good fight going #ferguson 

majiinboo:

  • Do not forget Michael Brown
  • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
  • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
  • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
  • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
  • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
  • Do not forget Ferguson 
10 hours ago on August 30th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #ferguson 

yuki119:

just a few more mechanic!jean doodles^^

16 hours ago on August 30th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #mmmmm yes #attack on titan 

carry-on-my-otp:

ittybittyblue:

dreamwurks:

i will never accept how under appreciated megamind is

it is a movie about a villain who succeeds in killing the hero 

It also has a “nice guy” and the girl is not demonized for not liking him

he even becomes the actual villain

and his minion is a fish in a gorilla suitwhat more could you want

1 day ago on August 29th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #megamind #bless 

magoberry:

FUCK nintendo (opens my wallet) i CANNOT believe they’re selling this shit (pulls out $150) an entirely new fucking console that’s exactly like the old one (gives money to cashier) all it is is a new fucking button the 3ds doesnt have (goes home with my new 3ds ll) this is fucking bullshit god damn it (buys and plays all the games that come out for it) fuck nintendo

1 day ago on August 29th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #Nintendo #YEP 
1 day ago on August 29th, 2014 |J |VIA -SOURCE
Tagged as: #horror /// #WHOA