Larry Pinkney’s 1981 United Nations ruling victory (self-authored case) was featured in the book entitled The Impact of the United Nations Human Rights Treaties on the Domestic Level, edited by Christof H. Heyns and Frans Viljoen (Professors of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria), published by Kluwer Law International (The Netherlands), 2002, ISBN 90-411-1678-8.

Section 3: CANADA, 6. Individual communications

Page 151 excerpt:

Pinkney v Canada

The Committee held that there was a violation of article 14, paragraphs 3(c) and 5 because of undue delay in the production of trial transcripts. Transcripts were ultimately produced and the delay did not negatively affect Mr. Pinkney’s desire to remain for a longer time in Canada. According to government representatives, the government of British Columbia reviewed the case and found that the delay was extraordinary and concluded it was not necessary to amend any of its laws.


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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