One of the main objectives of the United Nations is to promote and protect human rights. And for ages many have wondered why the organzation has never taken a stand on the plight of blacks in the United States. It was a question activist Malcolm X wondered years ago, wanting to bring the organization into the Civil Rights Movement. Now leaders of the NAACP plan to travel to Geneva to report to the United Nations on civil rights issues in the United States, reports BET.
According to the NAACP, it will send a delegation to the meeting of the United Nations next week for the review of the United States’s part in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The group aims to also address Florida’s very controversial Stand Your Ground law as well as how several states have adopted voter identification requirements in order to cast ballots and how this affects people of color in the U.S.
“We’re convinced that the advent of photo ID laws have a disproportionate impact on racial minorities in terms of voting,” Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s senior vice president for policy and advocacy and director of the organization’s Washington bureau, told BET.
“We find that there are many people, many of them African-American, who are disproportionately disenfranchised by these laws,” Shelton said.
The NAACP is working in partnership organizations such as 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, co-authors of a report on felony disenfranchisement that was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
“The NAACP first brought a delegation before the United Nations Human Rights Council in 1947, when W.E.B. Dubois delivered his famous speech ‘An Appeal to the World’ warning the global body about threats to voting rights in the United States,” the organization reports on its website.