- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The parents of Michael Brown are heading to a United Nations human rights conference in Switzerland next week to speak against civil rights violations and racial profiling in the United States.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden are scheduled to address the 53rd session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva on Nov. 12 and 13, according to a St. Louis University assistant law professor who is helping organize the trip, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The professor, Justin Hansford, said Brown’s parents are taking the trip to seek justice for the death of their son, a black teenager who was shot to death by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9.

The trip comes as a St. Louis County grand jury prepares to conclude its inquiry into the shooting and decide whether to charge Officer Wilson.

Mr. Hansford said Brown’s parents are being sponsored by the U.S. Human Rights Network, a nonprofit network of human rights groups. A website was set up to collect donations to send Ferguson protesters to the conference, the Post-Dispatch reported.



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