Larry Pinkney’s 1981 United Nations ruling victory (self-authored) was referenced under the section titled “Excessive Delay” in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Volume 5, Spring 1992, Page 76, Published by Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA):

Excerpt from page 76:

The reservations entered by the United States do not reach rulings concerning the Covenant’s provision on delay. In addition to its ruling in Pratt and Morgan, the committee has found violations of the right to a speedy appeal in other cases. 119 Delay in appeals is a perennial problem in U.S. courts, making violation of the Covenant likely.


119. See Larry James Pinkney v. Canada, comm. no. 27/1978, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Human Rights Committee, Selected Decisions under the Optional Protocol (Second to Sixteenth Sessions) 98, U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/OP/1 (1985) (finding violations of Article 14(3)(c) (right to be tried without delay) and 14(5) (right to an appeal) where the Canadian appellate court heard an appeal 34 months after conviction. Tardy production of the trial transcript apparently caused the delay)[…]


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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