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International forum examines discrimination in Minnesota, US

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Minnesota's failure to deal fairly and equitably with people of color will receive international attention next week when a representative of St. Paul NAACP testifies before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in Geneva, Switzerland. Minnesota's failure to deal fairly and equitably with people of color will receive international attention next week when a representative of St. Paul NAACP testifies before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in Geneva, Switzerland.

At the invitation of the United Nations (UN), Shawn Stuckey, third year law student at University of St. Thomas Law School and former Minnesota Viking, will travel to Geneva Switzerland to give testimony before the UN regarding non-compliance on the part of Minnesota and on the part of the United States of America (USA) with specific human rights treaties. Stuckey will represent the Legal Redress Committee of the St. Paul Branch of the NAACP, and the Minnesota-Dakota State Conference of the NAACP.

In the recent past, the United States has sent a report to the UN with affirming its compliance with specific human and civil rights treaties. However, the United States Human Rights Network is challenging the US reports and charging that the Unitied States is in non-compliance with human rights treaties.

Stuckey authored a 62-page shadow report, which asked US states to detail their compliance/non-compliance with international human rights treaties. As a consequence Stuckey was invited to join with the United States Human Rights Network to give testimony to the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland at the 72nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, at its meeting to be held February 16-23, 2008, to explain Minnesota's non-compliance with specific treaties regarding the negative treatment of African Americans and other minorities.

Officials of the St. Paul Branch of the NAACP said Stuckey participation in the international forum will further the goals of the National NAACP and provide an excellent opportunity for to shed light on Minnesota's unfavorable treatment of African Americans and other racial minorities

A press conference and question and answer period will be held at 3pm Thursday, Feb. 14th 2008, at the NAACP St. Paul Branch office, 345 N. Chatsworth, St. Paul, MN. 55104. Call 651. 227-5199 for more information
 

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