The United Nations is calling on the Obama administration to wrap up its investigation into an incident that happened in Florida.
The UN wants the administration to decide if George Zimmerman will face federal civil rights charges for the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
“We call upon the U.S. government to examine its laws that could have discriminatory impact on African Americans, and to ensure that such laws are in full compliance with the country’s international legal obligations and relevant standards,” said Verene Shepherd, a human rights expert. Shepherd is the head of the UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently trying to determine if there is enough evidence to file civil rights charges again Zimmerman, Breitbart reported.
“The Trayvon Martin case has highlighted the importance of the need to review those existing laws and policies that can have a discriminatory effect on the basis of race, as African Americans become more vulnerable to such discrimination,” Shepherd said.
“States are required to take effective measures to review governmental, national and local policies, and to amend, rescind or nullify any laws and regulations which have the effect of creating or perpetuating racial discrimination wherever it exists,” said the UN special reporter on racism, Mutuma Ruteere.
A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Martin earlier this year.