Parents of US Teenager Killed by Police to Testify Before UN Committee in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The parents of the African-American teenager shot eight times by police in the US state of Missouri sparking riots and civil unrest, are in Geneva where they will testify before the UN’s Committee against Torture.

The Committee is a “body of 10 independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.”

Brown’s death back in August and its aftermath of violent confrontations between residents and police, brought the matter of police brutality and racial profiling in the US back in the spotlight.

The victim’s parents are now leading a campaign against poor police treatment of African-Americans, which has brought them to the 53rd Session of the Committee in Geneva.

The US Human Rights Network will present a report on the matter co-authored by Saint Louis University Professor Justin Hansford, during the periodic review of the US as a party to the treaty, on 12 and 13 November.

According to a statement given by Professor Hansford to KSDK TV, presenting such report in Geneva makes sense as their “long-term goal is to create a global movement against racial profiling and police brutality.”
On his Twitter account, the family attorney Daryl Parks posted photos of Brown’s parents and other members of the delegation attending Tuesday’s session at the UN.

If interested, follow the case starting 12 November through a live webcast of the session.

Photo at left: “Ferguson, Day 4, Photo 26by LoavesofbreadOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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