CIG CONDEMNS STRUCTURAL RACISM AND VIOLENCE
The Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) strongly condemns the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, and so many others. We watched them in disbelief and horror. These events underscore the perpetual manifestation of structural racism and profound inequality in the United States but also around the world.
Black lives matter!
We condemn racism in all its forms and strongly support a deep societal transformation. For 10 years, CIG has worked in a post-conflict environment promoting inclusive and responsible governance and accord in the region where people suffered from persecution and murder just a short decade ago, where despite so much suffering in the recent past hatred still sticks out its ugly head. This current crisis is much bigger than CIG but as an organization that advances healthy democratic institutions and promotes cohesiveness of political systems and societies we are all too aware of the appalling effects of exclusion, stigmatization, extreme nationalism, and chauvinism.
We are horrified and saddened by the use of force and violence, the omnipresence of deadly weapons in the United States, hate against fellow human beings, and perpetual structural discrimination. We are committed to working toward eradicating them and are united in our solidarity with the anti-racist and anti-fascist movements.
CIG will continue to contribute to building more inclusive societies aiming at a better future for all of us and for our children, free of systematic violence and structural oppression where peace is the norm not the exception and where equity and opportunity are granted to people regardless of their identity and status.
The Council for Inclusive Governance
May 31, 2020
New York, New York