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 5 times in the book entitled The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its (First) Optional Protocol, by Johann Bair, © Peter Lang GmbH, Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main (Germany), 2005, ISBN 3-631-54219-4.

The 5 citations were in reference to Article 10 (2) a, Article 14 (3) c*, Article 14 (5)*, Article 17 (1), and Optional Protocol Article 3.

* ICCPR Articles that were ruled as being violated in the Larry James Pinkney vs. Canada case.

Excerpt from page 65:

…A delay of two and a half years in the production of the transcripts of a trial for the purposes of the appeal, Pinkney v. Canada (27/77)…violates the right under Article 14 (3) c…

Excerpt from page 74 (referring to Article 14 (5):

In order to enjoy the right to have his conviction and sentence reviewed by a higher tribunal according to law, a convicted person is entitled to have, within a reasonable time period, access to duly reasoned, written judgement. Lubuto v. Zambia (390/90). Currie v. Jamaica (377/89). The words according to law imply that the right to a duly reasoned, written judgement must apply to all instances of appeal provided in the domestic law. Bailey v. Jamaica (709/96). Francis v. Jamaica (320/88). Little v. Jamaica (283/88). Henry v. Jamaica (230/87). Pinkney v. Canada (27/77).

Excerpt from page 81:

Article 17 requires that the integrity and confidentiality of correspondence is guaranteed de iure and de facto. …

…Measures of control or censorship must be subject to legislative provisions that provide the necessary protection against arbitrary application. Pinkney v. Canada (27/77).


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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