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Racism Treaty Committee Calls on Obama Administration to Explain Black Prisoners Still Imprisoned Under COINTELPRO

Alex Constantine - September 6, 2014

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued its “Concluding Observations” on Aug. 29 over United States progress to end racism. The report, prepared for the United Nations, requests the American government to account for COINTELPRO prisoners who remain incarcerated.

In a nod to diplomacy, reference to the COINTELPRO counterintelligence program was dropped from the report to the United Nations, however, the problem of prisoners was addressed. “The Committee requests the State party to provide, in its next periodic report, detailed information on…the current status of political activists from the Civil Rights era who reportedly continue to be incarcerated." ...