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Michael Brown's parents, Michael Brown, Sr. (far left) and Lesley McSpadden (center) at a rally in August 2014.
Jason Rosenbaum |St. Louis Public Radio

The parents of Michael Brown plan to travel to Geneva next week with human rights attorneys and Ferguson activists.

The group plans to speak to the United Nations Committee Against Torture and formally present a brief under the U.N. convention against inhumane treatment.

Blunt Votes To Block Ratification Of Disability Treaty

Dec 6, 2012
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Republicans in the Senate have blocked ratification of a United Nations treaty that would have helped countries protect the rights of disabled people.

Although it’s modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act - which was passed over twenty years ago - 38 Republicans voted against the treaty.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt voted against it, and told reporters Thursday that he objected to it being brought up during the lame duck session.

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Updated 9:55 a.m. with recap, link to full remarks

President Obama addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly today and touched on the Iran nuclear dispute and addressing the root causes of turmoil in the Middle East, among other topics.