Those wishing prison--or worse--for George Zimmerman, despite his acquittal on all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, are not confined to this country. Now, the United Nations is getting in on the act (Jesse Jackson must be thrilled), and strongly implying that any system of laws that would not put Zimmerman in prison for decades must be inherently "racist," and in violation of international law. From the United Nations News Service:
A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of the United States to finalize the ongoing review of the case involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, an African –American teenager who was shot in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in the state of Florida.
“We call upon the US 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 human rights expert Verene Shepherd, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent.
Since the question of murder has already been answered (in the negative), this "ongoing review" referred to here must be the federal government's investigation into the supposed possibility that Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights. It would seem that any investigation that reached the conclusion that this is a race-based civil rights violation would have to be an overtly agenda-driven one, especially considering the fact that an FBI investigation has already concluded that the shooting was not racially motivated.
Presumably, the call for "the US Government to examine its laws" refers, at least in large part, to the "Stand Your Ground" law that has drawn the ire of anti-self-defense zealots across the country (and beyond, evidently). One might be tempted to point out that SYG laws are state legislation, and thus not really in the purview of the U.S. government, but Professor Shepherd is hardly the first to advocate the federal government's intrusion into the states' prerogative of such laws.
Like domestic critics of "Stand Your Ground," those behind the UN effort are either unaware of, or blissfully unconcerned about, the fact that at no point in Zimmerman's trial did the defense invoke SYG (since SYG's nullification of the "duty to retreat" is irrelevant when one is on one's back, with one's assailant on top). The UN is certainly not going to address the argument that SYG laws are actually more beneficial to African-Americans accused of murder than to whites accused of the same crime. Wait a second--shouldn't the UN be investigating NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD?
It should shock no one that the UN is now asserting authority over self-defense laws in the United States. The UN, after all, has long maintained that there is no fundamental human right to self-defense. That's right--according to the UN, defending your life against a would-be killer might itself be a violation of his human rights.
This, remember, is the agency behind the arms treaty that Obama will be signing within days. Just whose side is he on?
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