Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
Regents Professor & Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society
Faculty Director, Human Rights Center
Professor, Queen's University of  Belfast, School of Law, Northern Ireland

Prof. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin Interviewed by MPR on Visit by UN Experts to Investigate Racism in Law Enforcement in Minnesota

On May 2 a new United Nations human rights mechanism focused on investigating systemic racism in law enforcement made an official visit to Minnesota as part of a larger 10-day visit to the United States. MPR's Cathy Wurzer interviewed Prof. Ni Aolain to help explain the origins and mandate of this unique U.N. body known informally as the "UN George Floyd Mechanism."

The U.N. mechanism came to Minnesota in response to a groundswell of requests from Minnesota community leaders and organizations. At the May 2 session, individuals and families directly impacted by violence and abuse by police and the prison system testified before the panel of UN experts. Additional coverage of their testimony and the UN visit is available through KARE 11, the Star Tribune, and MPR News.