US black political activist Larry Pinkney’s 1981 United Nations victory was published in Report of the Human Rights Committee, General Assembly, Thirty-Seventh Session, Supplement No. 40 (A/37/40), United Nations, October 1982, Pages 101-113

Excerpt from the report, Page 101:


Views of the Human Rights Committee under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


Communication No. R.7/27

Submitted by: Larry James Pinkney
Alleged Victim: the author
State party concerned: Canada
Date of communication: 25 November 1977 (date of initial letter)


Excerpt from the report, Page 113:


35. The Human Rights Committee, acting under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, is of the view that the communication discloses a violation of article 14  (3)  (c)  and  (5)  of the Covenant because the delay in producing the transcripts of the trial for the purpose of the appeal was incompatible with the right to be tried with undue 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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