U.N. expert decries near ‘tyranny’ in U.S. against minority voting rights

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  • U.N. expert on minority points completes two-week go to to U.S.
  • Says Texas legislation might undermine democracy by diluting voting rights
  • Calls for “New Deal” to overtake laws, stop exclusion

GENEVA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A United Nations human rights expert mentioned on Monday that electoral legal guidelines in some elements of the United States together with Texas might undermine democracy by depriving thousands and thousands of residents who belong to minority teams of the equal proper to vote.

Fernand de Varennes, the U.N. particular rapporteur on minority points, talking on the ultimate day of a two-week go to to the United States, decried a Texas legislation that he mentioned resulted in “gerrymandering” and dilution of voting rights of minorities in favour of white Americans.

“There is in fact what could be described as an undermining of democracy with a phenomenal number of legislative measures in different parts of the country…which certainly have the effect of making the exercise of the right to vote more difficult for certain minorities,” he informed a news briefing.

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“It is becoming unfortunately apparent that it is almost a tyranny of the majority where the minority right to vote is being denied in many areas,” he added.

De Varennes referred to as for a “New Deal” to overtake laws. There was no fast U.S. response to his preliminary observations which de Varennes mentioned he had shared with U.S. State Department officers earlier in the day.

Democrats have made election reform a precedence in gentle of Republican state-balloting restrictions handed in response to former President Donald Trump’s false claims of huge voter fraud in the 2020 election.

At least 19 states have handed legal guidelines making it tougher to vote, based on the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice. Republicans in Congress have blocked proposed laws a number of occasions this 12 months.

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Texas this month over its legislation that curbs voting by mail, in the newest effort by the Biden administration to fight new voting restrictions. learn extra

De Varennes is a legislation professor who has served in the unbiased put up since 2017.

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Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans and Cynthia Osterman

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