UN Questions Police Harrassment of Los Angeles Human Rights Activist

United Nations Special Rapporteurs
Publication Date
May, 2012

In conjunction with the June 2012 annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, five UN Special Rapporteurs have released a letter questioning the Los Angeles Police Department’s repeated arrests of a human rights activist participating in peaceful protest activities. These arrests subject activist Steve Richardson to intimidation and degrading treatment and appear to violate international human rights protections of freedom of speech and assembly.  The UN expressed “regret” at the U.S. non-response to date, re-issued its request, and asked the U.S. to ensure an environment that assures fundamental freedoms.

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