June 4, 2010
Below are letters from Henri Le Riche (Afrikaner) and Dr. Gregory Stanton (Genocide Watch):
Dear Amnesty International,
As a member of Amnesty International, the UNPO.org and a minority member myself,
I am writing in regard about Amnesty International security report of South Africa. http://thereport.amnesty.org/sites/default/files/AIR2010_AZ_EN.pdf#page=242
I specifically refer to the report leaving out human rights abuses taking place against Afrikaner farmers. It seems like Amnesty International is tip-toeing around these issue with "politically correct tap-dancing" shoes, or because of not accessing the correct channels,which is the victims themselves. Either way I hope that I can help in allowing Amnesty International to access the true information regarding these issues as am in a position to do so.
This is specifically about the farmers, the white minority of South Africa, being targeted and clear human rights abuses taking place, including government areas, to try and determine why this is not getting the attention it deserves. There are hate crimes committed against farmers in South Africa. Black famers are also sometimes victims, but the brutality is specific against the minority Afrikaner farmers as they represent about 6 to 8% of the population.
I hope you can help me determine the following in order for me to try and find out why this important information is not taking seriously by Amnesty International?
I would like to know who the Amnesty Internationals investigators are that set up these reports, and also which local human rights groups they visit to gather this information. I would like to contact them directly. I would appreciate your help in giving me answers to this as it will help me determine why the correct information is not channeled through. For instance. Have these investigators spoken to organisations representing the minority to find out what is really happening, or did they go to organisations actually more concerned with issues relating to the human rights issues affecting the majority, and look after majority rights issues? In other words, Government sponsored 'human rights organisations'?
There are organisations working specifically with minority issues in South Africa like "Solidarity" with which I can help with, that represent minorities in South Africa. Another organisation is Afriforum looking after minority issues. I know, Amnesty did not approach the victims, so I would be interested to know who they then approached?
Two well respected organisations looking after minority issues world wide, including genocides and hate crimes specifically stated there are human rights abuses going on in South Africa against white farmers. Why are they picking up on this, and Amnesty International is ignoring this? Again, would it be a question of someone not speaking to the 'right' people, or is politics involved?
Amnesty International reminds me very much of the South African cop which last week refused to investigate a case of assault against a young white farm woman because 'the victim didn't know the name of her perpetrator...'. It's not up to victims of human rights abuses to try and find out which groups are actually targetting them - their government should be protecting them and isn't. Exactly Why the SA government officials so often refuse to protect Afrikaners from vicious attacks by young, armed black male gangs is what Amnesty should be questioning. Perhaps Amnesty should talk to the victims as well, even though they are members of a 'despised minority group...' which Amnesty officials are clearly very loathe to speak to directly.
Perhaps Amnesty should at least start condemning the constant stream of hatespeech and direct murder threats coming from people who have even coined new murder slogans such as "One Bullet - One White Infant' for instance this man - as there is a sudden surge in attacks on Afrikaner infants, the latest being Marizaan Kruger, one year old, who was viciously assaulted by three men who attacked her Robindale, Randburg home when she was left in charge of a black nanny. The child has been left blind and probably also permanently neurologically-damaged by the vicious assault, carried out by a big black man who had wrapped a brick inside a blanket just to bash the Afrikaans baby with.
Major international bodies in the rest of the world have been more even-handed and have condemned the out-of-proportion attacks and murders of the Afrikaners in South Africa -- and described these as being based on 'racial hatred'. The latest groups to do so are the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) in the Hague and Genocide Watch. Why is Amnesty International silent on this issue?
UNPO represents 200-million people worldwide and has 54 members - and, this week condemned the South African farm-murders/attacks against the Afrikaners as "Serious Human Rights Violations' during their annual general meeting in Rome, Italy.
UNPO also states: "Afrikaners in general, and the Afrikaner farmers in particular, are the target of ethnic violence. The South African murder rate is extremely high at 48 murders per 100,000 of the population, compared to 2 murders per 100,000 in Europe, for example. If Afrikaner farmers are taken as a statistical population, the murder rate is 287 per 100,000. This is a grave situation, with more than 2,000 Afrikaner farmers having already been murdered in the last 13 years.
Note: the actual number of murdered agriculturalists on smallholdings and farms in South Africa exceeds 3,665 by May 28 2010.
The Genocide Watch.org organisation has also listed the "Boers" of South Africa as being at risk of Genocide (level 5: 'polarisation") ever since 2002 after their president, Dr Greg Stanton, analysed the police evidence of the farm-murders and reached this conclusion. Genocide Watch's 2003 report also noted that the tortures carried out against the Afrikaner/Boer farmers were due to 'racial hatred'. (reports below with URL links). A month ago Genocide Watch president Dr Stanton wrote to Solidarity trade union in South africa, stating that they were considering moving the threat against the Boers up a level, to level 6 (preparation) which is the final level just before all-out high-level genocidal attacks most people generally believe to be 'genocide'. Stanton wrote that if Julius Malema remained president of the ANC-youth league and continued to chant the genocidal hate-speech chant "Shoot the Boer, they are all rapists', as he has been allowed to do for the past year, Genocide Watch would indicate the ANC-youth league as a genocidal group which was planning to carry out genocidal-attacks against the Boers.
RADIO INTERVIEW WITH MR DIRK HERMAN OF SOLIDARITEIT TRADE UNION:
And lastly the victims themselves - the Afrikaners and their leaders- believe, based on a vast body of evidence which also includes overwhelming and constant streams of hatespeech and constant demonisation of Afrikaners by the ANC regime's own leaders and officials -- that their genocide-fears are well-founded: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2010/05/fears-of-boer-genocide-well-founded.html
Two Afrikaner leaders raised the issue in international forums this week - human rights campaigner Dr Dan Roodt of the Pro-Afrikaans forum PRAAG, and Dr Pieter Mulder, deputy-agriculture minister in the ANC-cabinet and the leader of the Freedom Front Plus party, who raised the issue at the annual congress of UNPO.
Thank you for taking the time to read my long letter. Keep up the good work and hopefully we can make this a safer, more equal world for our children to live in, what human rights, justice and dignity for all is concerned.
I would appreciate an answer from Amnesty International on this issue as a matter of urgency.
Henri Le Riche
Dear Mr. LeRiche,
Thank you for posting this letter. With your permission, we will re-post it on the Genocide Watch website.
We are appalled at the indifference of the "politically correct" human rights groups such as Amnesty International, which refused to call the genocide in Rwanda a genocide until very late in the killing, and even then refused to take any action because "it was outside Amnesty International's mandate." Some of us who were active in Amnesty International USA thereafter launched a successful initiative to broaden Amnesty's mandate to include all crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. But neither Amnesty International nor Human Rights Watch ever recognize the early warning signs, the early stages of the genocidal process, and only use the word "genocidal" as though it was a sacred invocation limited to cases like the Holocaust, and always when actual genocide has begun, when it is too late to stop it. The same lawyers are still in charge at Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and in the State Department, Joan Donahue -- who famously told senior policy makers that the Rwandan genocide lacked the special intent required for genocide and that therefore the word genocide should not be used -- has now been promoted to advise Secretary of State Clinton.
Boer farmers should expect no assistance from human rights groups or from Western European or American liberals. They should be prepared to defend themselves, and be ready to leave South Africa. Racists like Julius Malema are taking control of the African National Congress, and they are not being stopped by the current leaders. If they are not prevented from gaining power, genocidal violence will afflict South Africa as it has Zimbabwe.
President, Genocide Watch