Ferguson: The one thing Amnesty and Iran agree on

Matthew Champion@matthewchampion
Tuesday 19 August 2014 14:00
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Amnesty International has sent a team of observers to Ferguson, Missouri, after police came in for stringent criticism for their response to the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown.

The human rights organisation has found some unlikely supporters for this stance.

China

The state-run news agency Xinhua published a comment piece entitled "Ferguson riot reveals US racial divide, human rights flaw".

The author, Li Li, concluded: "Each country has its own national conditions that might lead to different social problems. Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others."

Egypt

In July 2013, during Muslim Brotherhood-led protests, the White House warned Egypt to make sure security forces "exercise maximum restraint and caution".

In a rare move, the country's foreign ministry echoed the language to hit back at the US by urging authorities to "respect the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion".

Iran

By far the most vocal and prolific critic of the police operation in Ferguson has been Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with the following views expressed on his verified Twitter page.

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