NAACP: Michael Brown Shooting 'Front and Center' at the United Nations

U.S. civil rights advocates aired their concerns about the recent Michael Brown shooting to the United Nations in Geneva, according to a press call from the organizations on Wednesday.

“This issue was front and center,” Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, explained during the call.

According to Shelton, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis told their stories about losing their teenage children in shootings in each of the pre-briefings of the process.

“I think that everyone was outraged and horrified to hear that, yet again, it had happened in St. Louis, Missouri,” he said.

The group of activists presented to a U.N. panel in Geneva, Switzerland, documenting their concerns of U.S. compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) treaty.

Hillary also pointed out that U.N. delegates at the hearing made a point of asking the U.S. delegation about African-Americans being “disportionately targeted” by law enforcement.

Shelton praised Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama for responding quickly to the crisis, raising its national profile.

“Clearly this issue is resonating here at the United Nations, and they knew of it before we got here,” he said, pointing out that the story was getting wide circulation in the news in Geneva.

“The world is watching what happens in Ferguson, Missouri,” he said.


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