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Do Afrikaners have any human rights or civil rights anywhere in the world? The answer: NO …
21 December 2011 - Sonia Hruska , writing in the Afrikaner Journal, asks: Does the Afrikaner qualify for human rights given their history before 1994 -- or does it only pertain to the minorities in the rest of the World? Do the English-speaking ethno-Europeans who have made South Africa their home for many decades, have any human rights, or do the rights to human rights only pertain to other minorities in the rest of the World? She examined this question and discovered that one influential legal expert at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam excludes one specific minority from having any human- or civil rights: the Afrikaner.
She writes: ‘The right to identity has secured a prominent place in the discourse of human rights and certain privileges, like inherent right to life, that safeguard minorities against gross human rights violations are basic human rights for any member of the human race”. Ironically she has found however that the very basic right to be their own ethnic minority group is not granted specifically to the Afrikaner -- according to the dictates of the South African Human Rights Commission ; the SA government -- and also according to one professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Kristin Henrard, who as an expert on minorities and human rights has specifically excluded ‘the Afrikaners’ from claiming any protection under the UN’s minority rights.
Hruska concludes: ‘Thus Afrikaners cannot make claim to minority or human rights or the right to self determination. Neither can we claim protection via International law because we are automatically excluded as we "might" (according to this one person’s learned opinion) , ‘reflect a desire to go back to apartheid. “.
‘Afrikaners are specifically excluded from claiming minority protection”- - Erasmus University prof Kristin Henrard.. ‘
In her book, Minority protection in post-apartheid South Africa: Human Rights, Minority Rights and Self-determination’, Kristin Henrard, left, who is an internationally-acclaimed expert on the protection of minorities and human rights and is a professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, explicitly states that Article 27 ICCPR (the international law provision on minority rights par excellence, is generally referred to when the right to identity is directly related to minority protection." (The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (IICPR) which was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council. )
- Article 27 states: "In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, or to use their own language."
- Hruska asks: But what if you are not allowed to exercise that right because you are not allowed the right to your own cultural identity?
- Prof Henrard however has thus also condemned the entire Afrikaner nation to a slow, agonising genocidal death -- through the ANC regime’s denying Afrikaners all access to the job market; through the hundreds of thousands of Afrikaners being denied food-aid and benefits; and Afrikaner families being targetted at unprecedented rates by armed, black male gangs --- when she also stated:
- "the right to identity has secured a prominent place in the discourse of human rights"-- but then ads only one exception: stating that… ‘but at the same time confines the scope of such special measures. Minority protection cannot be used to support claims for measures that would institute certain privileges for (members of) minority groups that cannot be justified by the demands of substantive equality. In this regard, one can think of some of the demands of a section of the Afrikaner minority in post-apartheid South Africa as they (might) reflect a desire to go back to apartheid times or preserve affluence and advantages obtained during apartheid."
Hruska: “It is clear that it is clear according to this one international legal expert, who is informing human rights and minority rights policy for the UN, that “the Afrikaner is specifically excluded as the only minority group in the world who will not be afforded the rights as set out in the ICCPR and is denied the right to their own identity. Afrikaners specifically cannot claim human, civil, minority rights or the right to self determination.”
‘ Will somebody then please tell me how two wrongs make a right? ‘ she asks…
Also, she noted: “Furthermore, during the African Human Rights Day conference in Parktown, South Africa held on Oct 21 2009 it was obvious how this denial of human rights to Afrikaners gives the ANC-regime unlimited right to intimidate and dehumanize Afrikaners with approval from the SA Human Rights Commission.
According to the Human Rights Commission chair: “as a Sotho whose ancestral lands were taken away before 1930 he, as a member of the black majority, was not prepared to make any kind of concessions to the civil rights of the Afrikaner minority.”
Thus in direct violation of Article 3 of the ICCPR, the SA Human Rights Commission itself confirms that it is their policy for the Afrikaners to have no human rights, that the Afrikaners specifically are excluded from enjoying any civil rights whatsoever in South Africa, the land of their birth.
The SA Human Rights Commission’s denial of human rights to the Afrikaners is in direct violation of: Article 3, of the ICCPR: to wit:
“The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to ensure the equal right of men and women to the enjoyment of all civil and political rights set forth in the present Covenant.” At the same conference, the IEC president, Pansy Tlakula said: “South Africa does not need a special dispensation to cater for indigenous groups and minorities as its Constitution protects and guarantees the cultural, linguistic and religious rights of all her people..”
Hruska notes: ‘ When the SA Human Rights Commissions policy towards the Afrikaner minority are taken into consideration, the ICCPR’s article 3 should then rather read:
“The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to ensure the equal right of men and women, excluding the Afrikaner in South Africa, to the enjoyment of all civil and political rights set forth in the present Covenant.”
Hruska writes: “The above then clearly explains how warnings by Dr Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch that the Afrikaners are in the penultimate stage of genocide are ignored -- although these warnings would normally have been accepted as early warning mechanisms to draw the attention of Member States to situations where racial discrimination has reached alarming levels -- if it concerned any other minority group except the Afrikaners.
Map above: This total lack of human-rights for this small 3,5-million-strong, internationally maligned and greatly disfavoured minority in South Africa, also explains why Afrikaners are being attacked by black gangs at a rate much higher than their small proportional representation in the country would warrant – often gang-raped, often mutilated in horrific tortures by large armed black male gangs for hours, and often being murdered in horrific attacks.
Moreover the ANC-regime is totally unable to prove its constant propaganda-mantra that it’s all just ‘ordinary crime’: the ANC regime does not maintain their crime-statistics adequately enough to prove their contention that it’s apparently perfectly normal in South Africa to extensively torture men, women and children, often for hours; during horrific ordeals when hardly anything’of value is ever ‘robbed’.
Charities who also help feed impoverished Afrikaners are denied government subsidies: ANC-regime order 29 March 2005
This policy denying all minority-rights to the Afrikaners by the SA Human Rights Commission, and which is backed up by one very young, international law expert at Erasmus university, will also explain why even the most gifted Afrikaner students are denied their rights to any education; and why Afrikaner families are being plunged into total destitution, homelessness and malnutrition – denied even the most basic rights: such as food-aid; (top ANC-executive member Bheki Sibeko signed the order on 29 March 2005) and Afrikaners are being denied access to the entire SA workplace through the ANC-regime’s black-racist employment policies: it’s sonamed ‘black-economic empowerment (BEE) ’ laws.
The ICCPR which Ms Henrard refers to is the "International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights" as adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council and the preamble should then read as follows:
"The States Parties to the present Covenant, Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family (except Afrikaners) is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Recognizing that these rights derive from the inherent dignity of the human person (except for Afrikaners),
Recognizing that, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings (except Afrikaners) enjoying civil and political freedom and freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his civil and political rights, as well as his economic, social and cultural rights,
Considering the obligation of States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and freedoms (except for Afrikaners),
Realizing that the individual (except Afrikaners), having duties to other individuals and to the community to which he belongs, is under a responsibility to strive for the promotion and observance of the rights recognized in the present Covenant,"
Even more ironically, Article 1 should then also read:
"1. All peoples (except Afrikaners) have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
2. All peoples (except Afrikaners) may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence (except Afrikaners) .
3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations (except for Afrikaners) . " http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm
What good is a constitution which denies all human- and civil rights to even one minority?
The South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela thus incorrectly quoted the SA Constitution preamble of the constitution of South Africa at the 2011 Annual Human Rights Law Lecture on 30 September 2011, Hruska writes:
What she meant to say was: We the people of South Africa…to…
• Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights; except for Afrikaners/whites
• lay the foundation for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law; except for Afrikaners/whites - they cannot exercise their rights because they may use it to revert to apartheid..
• Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; ….” except for Afrikaners/whites they cannot exercise their rights because they may use it to revert to apartheid ..
Hruska asks: “Thuli Madonsela, you are supposed to be my Protector, you tell me how then are the Afrikaner supposed to protect themselves --if not through international law and under the protection of the SA Human Rights Commission? The double standards practiced by the UN over the years have become legendary: now the question remains if the global community will remain silent against the rapidly growing threat of genocide of the Afrikaners and Boers and indeed also of the ‘whites’ (i.e. the many English-speaking ethno-Europeans who have lived in SA for many decades.).
She called for the Afrikaners and the ‘whites’ to tackle this challenge together – on international level: “This gross violation of their human and civil rights must be collectively challenged by the people who are being denied their most basic human rights – and on international level.
“ It is time to set aside our differences and tackle one of the most demanding challenges that we have faced as a nation as it determines our future and the future of our children. We know where we are heading if we continue on our current course, let us then build bridges to change it... Nobody is going to do it for us, the ball is now in our court....