UN rights council delves into US voter I.D. laws

The controversy of the law requiring voters to provide photo I.D’s and the justice department blockage of that has reached the doors of UN. The United Nations Human Rights Council in their gathering in Geneva to discuss minority rights is investigating the matter of United States elections laws. Presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws, officials from the NAACP pointed out to the international diplomats that the requirements suppress the minority vote and disenfranchise voters.

In the past year, eight States have passed the voter ID law while 32 States are still undecided. Recently, the Obama Government had blocked South Carolina and Texas from enacting their voter ID laws. Speaking about the voter photo ID requirements, Hillary Shelton, the NAACP’s senior vice-president for advocacy, said that the move was tactical and would hinder the growth of Democracy.

In an interview to Fox News, Shelton said the message from the NAACP delegation to the Human Rights Council is that the photo ID law “undercuts the integrity of our government, if you allow it to happen. It’s trickery; it’s a sleight-of-hand. We’re seeing it happen here and we don’t want it to happen to you, and we are utilizing the U.N. as a tool to make sure that we are able to share that with those countries all over the world.”

 

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