Letters by Henri Le Riche, Amnesty
& Dr. 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 (PDF) of South Africa.
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? [www.helpinghandfund.co.za & www.afriforum.co.za]
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. [Source]
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. [Source]
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.
GENOCIDE WATCH: (www.genocidewatch.org)
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:
Danger Lights for White Genocide Flashing in SA:
Solidarity Radio (Afrikaans) interviews Alana Bailey, from Afriforum about Genocide Watch's Rating that Boers & Refugees in SA are at Stage 5 of 8, on the Genocide Watch Scale. Willie Spies, also of Afriforum talks about his legal perspective's about the Genocide Watch decision, and the level of denial about political reality in South Africa.
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.
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
Letter to Mr. LeRiche, from GenocideWatch
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
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Genocide Watch: Post World Cup xenophobic attacks and farm invasions: South Africa on the brink
by The Zimbabwe Mail
5 June 2010
FIFA 2010 World Cup: A Celebration of Genocide
A secret committee made up of ANC and government security agents is coordinating the country's post FIFA 2010 World Cup cleansing activities and it is already in full swing, identifying targets, and preparing use of hit squads, highly placed sources in South Africa and Zimbabwe said.
Together with xenophobic attacks, South Africa’s ruling party ANC is planning Zimbabwean style land invasions after the football World Cup.
Zimbabwe's military and Robert Mugabe's War Veterans of the liberation struggle have been ropped-in for crucial frontline back-up for the violent programme.
ANC's Youths who have been undergoing training in Zimbabwe, at the army's Staff College have completed their rigorous training and they will soon be deployed throughout the South African provinces ready to kickstart a State assisted land invasion which will be reported in the State media as spontaneous.
Controversial African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President, Julius Malema, has already visited Zimbabwe for a a briefing by Robert Mugabe and he had a series of meetings with Zanu PF and Zimbabwe government's security agents.
Early this year, South African Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gukule Nkwinti has accused white farmers of scuttling the land reform programme by frustrating government’s willing buyer willing seller policy through inflating prices.
He has warned that South Africa risks sinking into chaos as the patience of new black farmers is running thin.
Foreign migrants and refugees in South Africa have been warned to prepare for a wave of xenophobic attacks as soon as the final whistle of the World Cup blows.
Two years after the start of the 2008 riots that left scores dead across the country, a consortium of leading migration organisations has said it had received reports by foreign nationals that they were being threatened with violence after the tournament.
"These threats are coming from many different people: neighbours, colleagues, taxi drivers, passersby, but also from nurses, social workers and police officers," said Cormsa, whose members include Amnesty International, the South African Red Cross Society, and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation .
"Some of those making the threats believe that they have the support of senior political leaders," it said.
Dozens of Zimbabwean women interviewed by the Guardian in Hillbrow, downtown Johannesburg, said they were being intimidated and threatened daily by their landlords and groups of men gathering outside their homes at night.
"They say they will come after the World Cup and they will kill us," said Ethel Musonza, 32, a mother of four. "These people are serious, they are organised, they know where we live. They say they won't do anything during the World Cup because of the foreign tourists but afterwards the police will step aside and some of us will get killed."
In an informal settlement in East Rand, groups of men who claimed they took part in the "war" of 2008 have told foreign migrants and refugees to leave the country before 11 July. "We sat down and talked and said let us leave them until the World Cup is coming to our country," said one, who admitted he broke the law to "protect his country from foreigners" in 2008.
"If we fight now, maybe they will stop 2010 … after that there is no one who can come to us and say don't fight," he added.
Cormsa has urged the government to act against xenophobia to try to defuse the risk of further violence. It has asked authorities to punish officials have used the threat violence to intimidate foreign nationals.
On 12 May 2008, a series of riots started in Alexandra township, north-east Johannesburg, targeting migrants from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In the weeks that followed, the violence spread to other informal settlements in the Gauteng province, Durban and Cape Town, and then to the rest of the country. Sixty-two people were killed during the clashes, including 21 South Africans.
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