NAACP Responds to ICCPR Treaty

(Geneva) The NAACP applauds the UN Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations from the United States International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) treaty compliance review.  The report identifies issues of felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground laws, the death penalty and more.  (Full Report Here). The NAACP brought an 11-person delegation to the hearings in Geneva.

“This report reiterated what those in the civil rights community have known for too long – the United States has more work to do to meet its human rights obligations,” stated Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO. “From felony disenfranchisement and stand your ground laws to voter suppression and the school to prison pipeline, we are pleased the Human Rights Committee has elevated these issues on the international stage. This gives us leverage in the United States to more aggressively address these issues at home.”

“Felony Disenfranchisement has never been about punishment. It has always been used to suppress the vote of  minorities and suppressing the vote through felony disenfranchisement is a violation of international human rights standards,” stated Dennis Gaddy, Criminal Justice Chair for the North Carolina NAACP, Executive Director at the Community Success Initiative and NAACP UN Delegate. I am honored to have shared my personal story of felony disenfranchisement with the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva. I believe, and the Committee agrees, the United States can and must do better on this issue.”