In a two-page decision that was dated August 18 but released on Wednesday, a day after Washington was informed, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination invoked "early action and urgent warning procedures" in deploring the violence and urging the United States to investigate.
The committee cited two victims by name: Heather D. Heyer, 32, who was killed when a driver plowed a auto into a crowd, and Deandre Harris, 20, who was savagely beaten by white supremacists wielding poles.
United Nations human rights experts have urged the USA government to "unequivocally and unconditionally" condemn racist speech and hate crimes, warning that a failure to do so could fuel further violent clashes by white supremacist groups. Its decisions focus nearly exclusively on developing countries mired in ethnic and religious conflict, such as Burundi, Iraq and the Ivory Coast.
The U.N. panel's warning on Charlottesville reiterates what US domestic groups have been saying for months - that white supremacy and racism are on the rise in America.
Meanwhile, a nationwide debate surrounding the issue of monuments that memorialize the Confederacy flared up after the violence in Charlottesville - where white nationalists marched to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue - and continues to simmer.
The march was met by anti-fascist demonstrators, and some skirmishes broke out before James Fields, 20, allegedly ploughed a vehicle into a group of counter-demonstrators. Rep. IIeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) tweeted, "Blaming "both sides" for #Charlottesville?! No".
In Phoenix for a campaign-style rally Tuesday night, the president again touched on the issue. At the campaign rally, Trump attempted to paint himself as a victim of the events in Charlottesville.
Four people were arrested during the protest, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said during a news conference.
After the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination asked U.S. authorities to investigate fully and "to address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations".
This could be seen as a reference to US President Donald Trump, who was initially criticised for not condemning the far right groups. Until last week, his chief White House strategist was Steve Bannon, a rightwing ideologue and former editor of Breitbart, which Bannon called "a platform for the alt-right". CERD monitors the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination [Text], which the United States ratified in 1994.
In its statement, Cerd also called on the USA to ensure that the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly are not exercised with the aim of destroying or denying the rights and freedoms of others, ensuring "such rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes".