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UN to Hold Human Rights Forum in Baton Rouge

Photo 1WHAT: United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai will hear testimony on the Human Right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm

WHERE: Southern University Law Center, Room 129 at 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70813

WHO: UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai, Baton Rouge community members, members of North Baton Rouge Matters and New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ)

On July 23, United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai will hear testimony in Baton Rouge on major violations of the human right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association by Baton Rouge law enforcement.

Peaceful protestors over the police shooting Alton Sterling have faced a violent and highly militarized response by Baton Rouge law enforcement, including excessive force, physical and verbal abuse, and wrongful arrests, as detailed in a lawsuit filed on July 13by North Baton Rouge Matters, NOWCRJ, and ACLU of Louisiana; and in the New York Times.

The July 23 hearing is part of UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai’s official visit to the United States. Special Rapporteur Kiai is an independent expert on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.The Special Rapporteur examines, monitors, advises and publicly reports on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association worldwide.

Community members will testify about their experiences with police abuse and demand human rights protections for those who raise their voice, protest, and demand change.

CONTACTS:

Crystal Williams, North Baton Rouge Matters – 713-446-3783NBRM225@gmail.com
Colette Tippy, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice – (504) 881-6550ctippy@nowcrj.org