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Today’s unresolved human rights issue is racial misbehavior and police brutality in all of its manifestations. The United States of America stands as a horrifying example of a State that has failed to protect its citizens against bigotry. This has been especially visible in recent years, with several incidents of unjustified police shootings of African-Americans culminating in the formation of the global movement known as “Black Lives Matter,” abbreviated as BLM, which began quietly as a Twitter hashtag. Thus, this study addressed how the legal enforcement against police brutality in the case of Black Lives Matter in the US in regards to human rights violations based on international human rights perspective. The author employed normative research in this study which focuses on library (literature) studies and emphasizes reading and analyzing resources. The result showed that police brutality against Black people is common in the US. Despite the fact that the US has considered regulatory frameworks that establish standards that address discriminatory racial practices in the targeting and killing of unarmed Black boys and men, the implementation of police brutality protection in the US has yet to be effective and thorough. As a result, national action is required to address this issue. There is an urgent need for top management and institutions to step up their supervision of police behavior in order to address the abuse of power by some police forces.


Black Lives Matter Human Rights Police Brutality

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Yordan Gunawan, Faculty of Law, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta and Facultat de Dret, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Yordan Gunawan, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Scopus ID: 57201678789 SINTA ID: 5974287

Yordan Gunawan is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law. He received Bachelor’s degree from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta and continued his study at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Republic of China. Yordan also finished his study at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland where he got certificate on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

He is currently a PhD Researcher at the Department of International Law and International Relations, Faculty of Law, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.

His research fields are: Public International Law, International Disputes Settlement, Law of International Organization, and International Environmental Law.

Yordan also serves as a Chairman of the Association of International Offices of Muhammadiyah Higher Education Institution (ASKUI PTMA) where he leads more than 90 International Offices in Indonesia, following his previous two terms position as a Director of International Relations Office in the University. Yordan can be reached at  

Amarta Yasyhini Ilka Haque, Faculty of Law, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta

Amarta Yasyhini Ilka Haque is a student of International Program for Law and Sharia, the Faculty of Law Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. Amarta can be reached at

Paul Atagamen Aidonojie, Faculty of Law, Edo State University

Paul Atagamen Aidonojie is an esteemed Lecturer specializing in Public International Law and Commercial Law at the prestigious Faculty of Law, Edo State University, Uzairue, Nigeria. For inquiries or collaboration opportunities, feel free to reach out to him at or via email.