Larry Pinkney’s self-authored submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its Optional Protocol, which resulted in his 1981 UN ruling victory, was cited in the chapter entitled Fair Trial of the book Leading Cases of the Human Rights Committee (First Edition), compiled by Raija Hanski and Martin Scheinin and published by the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Turku / Åbo (Finland), 2003, ISBN: 952-12-1131-8.

Excerpt from page 152:

…One situation where a combined violation of paragraph 3 (c) and paragraph 5 is found is when delays in producing the trial transcript prevent the commencement of the appeal procedures.25

25 See Larry James Pinkney v. Canada (Communication No. 27/1977), Views adopted 29 October 1981, Report of the Human Rights Committee, GAOR, Thirty-seventh Session, Suppl. No. 40 (A/37/40), pp. 101-113, paras. 10 and 35.


Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and more recently on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones Show. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, San Francisco BayView newspaper, Black Commentator, Intrepid Report, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), 107 Cowgate (Ireland and Scotland), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). He is in the archives of Dr. Huey P. Newton (Stanford University, CA), cofounder of the Black Panther Party. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.)


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