Statement from the Europe Peace Foundation:
This week marks the third anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd, a stark reminder of the ongoing systemic racism and police brutality faced by people of color. As we reflect on this heartbreaking event, we stand in solidarity with those who continue to fight against racial injustice and advocate for the protection of activists, protestors, and marginalized communities worldwide.
The vigils and memorials held in honor of George Floyd and the global movement that emerged in the aftermath serve as a powerful testament to the collective demand for justice and equality. They have shed light on the pervasive racism that persists across the world, highlighting the urgent need for meaningful change and the dismantling of systemic biases.
We are deeply troubled by the brutality and violence faced by protestors around the world who peacefully exercise their right to voice their beliefs. The protection of activists and protestors is paramount, as they play a crucial role in challenging oppressive systems and advocating for positive social transformation. Their dedication to the pursuit of justice should be respected and upheld by authorities, ensuring their safety and safeguarding their fundamental rights.
The Europe Peace Foundation firmly believes in the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. We call on governments and law enforcement agencies to protect and uphold these fundamental rights, refraining from excessive use of force, violence, and intimidation against peaceful protestors. It is essential that mechanisms are in place to hold accountable those responsible for any abuses committed during protests.
As an organization committed to peace, we will continue to advocate for equality, justice, and the protection of human rights. We stand in solidarity with activists, protestors, and people of color who face discrimination, violence, and systemic oppression. We recognize that peace cannot be achieved without addressing the root causes of inequality and working towards a just and inclusive society.
Through dialogue, education, and collective action, we strive to create a world where everyone can live free from fear, discrimination, and violence. Together, we can build a society that respects and values the dignity and worth of every individual, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, or background.
In remembrance of George Floyd and all victims of racism and police brutality, let us recommit ourselves to the pursuit of justice, equality, and lasting peace.