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Ex U.S. Felon Addresses UN in Switzerland

Kemba Smith of the Kemba Smith Foundation and ex felon address UN panel in Geneva, Switzerland, 3/13/14. (Photo: Larry Smith/NAACP)

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NAACP(AURN) -- As part of the review, which happens every five years, Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) like the NAACP submit reports and provide on the ground insight to a U.N. panel in Geneva, Switzerland on where the US is living up to the treaty and where it is falling behind.  

To that end, a delegation of NAACP officials and others presented testimony on matters related to U.S. civil rights and voting rights -- specifically the restoration of voting rights for the formerly incarcerated in the U.S.

Among those presenting testimony this week, Kemba Smith, an ex-offender who now advocates for former felons through her Kemba Smith Foundation;  Hilary Shelton, the NAACP's Sr. VP of Policy and Advocacy; and Dennis Gaddy, NAACP North Carolina Criminal Justice Director and founder of the Commuity Success Initiative. Gaddy is also an ex-offender.

In preparation for the week-long meeting, the NAACP co-authored shadow reports to the Human Rights Committee focused on felony disenfranchisementstand your ground laws and racial disparities in education.

AURN's Kim Lampkins reports .. 

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Related story: Voting Rights in the International Spotlight



Photos: NAACP



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