Peaceful Protest is a Human Right
Taking Kent State Before the UN Human Rights Committee
When Kent State University, the state of Ohio and the US government refused to acknowledge credible new Kent State forensic evidence in the 2010 discovery of the Commands-to-Fire, the Kent State Truth Tribunal sought every legal and official channel to bring these forensic expert findings before governing bodies and to the public, but to no avail.
In December 2012, after reading a newspaper article quoting Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program, on the landmark decision of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the CIA kidnapping, rendition and torture of Khaled El-Masri, we contacted Dakwar seeking his guidance.
Jamil Dakwar and Laurel Krause at the UN
In January 2013 the Kent State Truth Tribunal began working with Dakwar when he suggested raising the lack of accountability for human rights violations committed as part of the Kent State massacre, and the Commands-to-Fire, before the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Committee which monitors compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
At the United Nations, from the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, we learned the students and protesters at Kent State on May 4, 1970 were target assassinated by forces of the US government.
Based on our testimony, the UN Committee asked the US delegation specifically about the lack of adequate investigation into the Kent State massacre and then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin stated that "In 1970, four students were killed, were murdered", yet Austin defended the closing of the DOJ investigation despite the new evidence in the Commands-to-Fire.
Since 2014, the Truth Tribunal continues to participate at the United Nations, seeking truth, accountability, reconciliation and healing for the 1970 Kent State massacre. Read the 2015 United Nations Kent State report.
The Kent State Truth Tribunal will participate in future United Nations forums, taking Kent State before the UN Human Rights Committee for the US 5th periodic review in the coming year.
The photograph of Laurel Krause at the United Nations is used with the permission of Kyle Johnston.
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