United Nations racism treaty forces Obama to explain COINTELPRO black political prisoners

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A United Nations treaty on racism, which the United States is a signatory, is being enforced against the Obama administration. The enforcement of the treaty deals with the details of black prisoners, especially in the 1960s. Under the FBI program COINTELPRO dozens of black political prisoners were incarcerated during the Civil Rights Era. In some cases, these prisoners were deliberately targeted by the FBI under instruction from Director J. Edgar Hoover. The UN report states “The Committee requests the State party to provide its next periodic report, detailed information on … The current status of political activists from the Civil Right Era who reportedly continue to be incarcerated.”

The complaint was filed by an organization known as Jericho Movement, the organization has said that 19 Black Panthers remained in prison after unfair trials. An additional report to the UN committee from the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, indicated some prisoners whose situation needed urgent attention. The prisoners known included the Omaha Two, these prisoners are Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa aka David Rice.

Efia Nwangaza, who submitted the additional report, stated ”Many of today’s political prisoners were incarcerated as a direct result of COINTELPRO activities, namely, they were targeted because of their political beliefs and actions. Unlike those convicted and sentenced for similar crimes, political prisoners were given much harsher sentences and subsequently routinely denied parole. Among other things, the USA must provide information regarding incarcerated COINTELPRO Civil Rights era political activists, political prisoners, to the UN Human Rights Council.

The Omaha Two were Black Panthers the FBI, through the direct intervention of J Edgar Hoover, falsely accused of a bombing that killed a police officer on Aug. 17, 1970. Hoover ordered that FBI laboratory information on the identity of an anonymous caller that lured the officer to his death be withheld to incriminate Poindexter and Langa.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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