(FERGUSON, MO) – In response to the curfew imposed on the residents of Ferguson by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins issued the following statement:
"It's clear that the community doesn't feel heard. It's hard to build trust if the governor doesn't meet with community members and restricts their movements with a curfew. We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we'll certainly speak out when it's happening in our own backyard. The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown's shooting."
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.