Amnesty International has come to Ferguson   Leave a comment

Given how much the U.S. criticizes – rightly in most cases – other countries’ on their respective human rights records, it isn’t surprising that, once in a while, the camera gets turned back on us. Hopefully, this’ll be a reminder that, just as well call out others on their human-rights issues, we need to make sure that America lives up to its’ obligations in that regard.

The Fifth Column

Protesters stretch across the street in Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press)

For the first time ever, Amnesty International has come to the United States of America…

The Washington Post

In an unusual move, the global rights organization Amnesty International has dispatched a delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson, Mo., to provide direct support to community members and to observe the police response to protests. The 13-person delegation, which arrived late last week, was the first of its kind deployed by Amnesty within the United States, the organization said.

The St. Louis suburb has been filled with unrest since since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. That unrest intensified once again on Sunday, with reports of gunshots prompting law enforcement officials to respond with tear gas.

Overnight, Missouri Gov. Jay…

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Posted August 19, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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