Harvard University Human Rights Centers Condemn Recent Police Violence in the United States

May 29, 2020

The Carr Center, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, FXB Center, Hutchins Center, and International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School denounce the vicious murder of George Floyd and other recent acts of racism in the U.S. 

The following is a joint statement from the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School. Note: please see below for a list of additional co-signers.
“We strongly condemn the Minneapolis Police Department’s vicious and brutal murder of George Floyd. This and other recent events highlight the lethal impact of the racist criminalization of Americans of African descent and the need to explicitly name and unequivocally fight against the racism and violence that has been woven into the fabric of the United States since its founding.
It is understandable that this longstanding, flagrant disregard for the human rights of African Americans has led to outrage across the country. We call on law enforcement officers responding to demonstrations to exercise utmost restraint and work closely with community leaders to avoid escalating the situation further.
The murders of African Americans at the hands of police and vigilantes must stop and perpetrators must be charged and brought to justice. As research centers at Harvard University committed to human rights, we affirm the values of racial equity, justice, and non-violence. For the future of the United States, our public leaders must urgently do the same.”

Thank you to the following centers at Harvard for adding their names to this statement in support of condemning police violence: 

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute, William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University Center for African Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Department of African & African American Studies, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Harvard University Asia Center, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for Public Leadership, the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, the Social Innovation and Change Initiative, the Center for Education Policy Research, the Mahindra Humanities Center, and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Korea Institute.

Media Contacts: Carr Center | Alexandra Geller, alexandra_geller@hks.harvard.edu; FXB Center | Veronica Lewin, vlewin@hsph.harvard.edu