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.
Parents of Mike Brown in committee meeting in Geneva before the U.N. pic.twitter.com/cl72g9NUFn
— Daryl Parks (@parksesq) November 11, 2014
— Daryl Parks (@parksesq) August 12, 2014
If interested, follow the case starting 12 November through a live webcast of the session.Photo at left: “Ferguson, Day 4, Photo 26” by Loavesofbread – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.