Petition Condemn the US government for the use of force against its citizens
The Government of the United Kingdom should issue a statement condemning the actions of the United States government for acts of force against their own people and that if these acts continue diplomatic actions should be taken.
The UK government should not sit quietly while the government of the United States allows the use of force against its people. The use of force against journalists, bystanders and even people in their own homes by police forces in the United States is not acceptable behaviour for our closest ally. The use of force against African Americans, ethnic minority groups and other marginalised communities have persisted for years with this apparently being supported by the United States government.
This response was given on 26 June 2020
The UK Government has already been clear the violence we saw in the US was very alarming, and we have raised our concerns with the US Government.
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Following the death of George Floyd in police custody on 25 May 2020 and the protests that followed, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary spoke publicly to state that Mr Floyd’s death was appalling, inexcusable and deeply distressing. They expressed the UK Government’s concern at the violence that followed, and underlined people’s right to protest peacefully, including at Prime Minister’s Questions on 3 June and during the Foreign Secretary’s media interviews.
The UK Government believes that all citizens are equal before the law and that principle is as important to Americans as it is to us here in Britain. The right to peaceful protest is an essential part of any free society.
The British Embassy in Washington has raised the issue of the protests with the US Administration and explained the depth of feeling felt in the UK around the death of Mr Floyd.
However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that the US remains a beacon for freedom, opportunity, democracy and openness. Every democracy faces challenges; the key is how they are dealt with. The US has robust and extensive rule of law institutions and processes and there is democratic oversight, accountability and extensive public scrutiny, including by an active civil society and media. This will continue to be the case.
The protests we have seen are a stark reminder that, despite decades of progress, we must do more to tackle racial inequality.
This is a global challenge, and now is the time to listen and learn from those communities that face discrimination, and work together to put an end to this injustice.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
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