Larry Pinkney’s 1981 United Nations ruling victory (self-authored case) was featured in the chapter titled “Equality before the law–the right to a fair trial” of the book entitled Textbook on International Human Rights (3rd Edition), by Rhonda K. M. Smith, published by Oxford University Press Inc. (New York), ©Rhona Smith 2007, ISBN 9780199289394.

Page 249 “16.6.5 Trial within a reasonable time” excerpt (3rd paragraph):

Swiftness of process is also required at the appeal stage of a hearing. Thus the Human Rights Committee considered that a delay of some thirty-four months from conviction to appellate procedure occasioned by delay in transcription of the trial contravened the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Pinkney v Canada)…

Page 252 “CASES” excerpt:

Pinkney v Canada, UN Doc CCPR/C/14/D/27/1977 (1981)

xx “Table of Cases” excerpt:

Pinkney v Canada (1981) UN Doc CCPR/C/14/D/27/1977…249, 252


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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