NEW YORK–On Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) sent the Petition on the Crime of Genocide against African People in the U.S. to secretary general Ban Ki-moon and each member of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The genocide petition has been posted at www.africanschargegenocide.org since August 26 and more than 3,000 supporters have signed.
The full text of the petition, along with hundreds of powerful comments from around the world, are available at this link.
The petition cites the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as the legal basis for the charges, defining genocide as: “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group,” including:
Documentation of the full range of historical and current evidence affecting almost every aspect of life for African people and meeting the entire UN definition of genocide provides proof of the U.S. government’s “intent to destroy in whole or in part” the African community.
UN won’t solve our problems
The International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement is led by the revolutionary African People’s Socialist Party with the aim to unite and liberate Africa and African people everywhere under the leadership of the African working class.
We are clear that the United Nations is a tool of U.S. and European imperialism.
The UN grew out of the former League of Nations and is used as an imperialist weapon to maintain the status quo of white colonial domination over the world.
The Convention on the Crime and Punishment of Genocide by the UN was established and the word “genocide” itself created only after Europeans killed other Europeans in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s.
For hundreds of years as millions of African people were turned into commodities, kidnapped, enslaved, lynched, burned and terrorized there was no word called genocide.
When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights documents were passed by the UN, African people were colonized with no rights.
It was only the influence of the anti-colonial struggles for national liberation that swept Africa, Asia and South America that influenced the General Assembly of the United Nations in the 1950s and 60s, forcing it to recognize the rights of all humanity.
We do not expect the United Nations to meet our demands. Only African people organized in a revolutionary party—in our own interest—will win our liberation.
The petition calls for the United Nations to sponsor an International Tribunal putting the United States government on trial for the crime of genocide and demands $14 trillion in reparations to African people in the U.S.
We do know that this petition is gaining the attention and support of the world community including the Anti-globalization Movement of Russia. This petition exposes the reality of our conditions as African people in the U.S. to the world and forces the nations of the UN to have to address this question.
InPDUM will unveil its strategy for building international support for the genocide petition at its national convention on Sept. 26 and 27 in Chicago.
Siyabonga in South Africa: “It is not yet Uhuru. The Western powers controlled by white people have not done anything for the Black men, absolutely nothing. We need change and soon!
Kamesha in Missouri: I am signing because I'm tired of running. I should be able to live where I want. Eat what I want. Drink what I want. Travel when and where I want, without be harassed daily. GIVE US FREEDOM!!!!
Lauren in Virginia: I'm signing because my people are being murdered systematically. We can no longer wait for the oppressors or the world to recognize and apologize…