Leaders of the civil rights organization will travel to Geneva to report to the United Nations on civil rights issues in the United States.
Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s senior vice president for policy and advocacy and director of the organization’s Washington bureau. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/LANDOV)
The NAACP said Thursday that it will send a delegation to the meeting of the United Nations for the review of the United States’s role in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and that it will highlight troubles with voting rights and civil rights issues in America.
In the meeting, which will take place next week in Geneva, NAACP representatives will discuss issues such as Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law as well as the increased in laws enacted in several states to adopt voter identification requirements for people to cast ballots.
"We’re convinced that the advent of photo ID laws have a disproportionate impact on racial minorities in terms of voting," said Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s senior vice president for policy and advocacy and director of the organization’s Washington bureau.
"We find that there are many people, many of them African-American, who are disproportionately disenfranchised by these laws," Shelton said in an interview with BET.com.
The NAACP hosted a telephone press conference that included a number of organizations that are working in partnership with the veteran civil rights organization.
They include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Hip Hop Caucus, which co-authored a report on felony disenfranchisement, which was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
The initial meeting was scheduled last year but was postponed because of the federal government’s shutdown.
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