Crime against humanity and genocide in Canada ? - Interview with Kevin Annett of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State
Podcast of the internet radio show „Macht und Menschenrechte on Jungle Drum Radio of the 16.04.2015
19.05.2015 | Unser Politikblog
At the16.04.2015, Kevin Annett has given us an interview on the ITCCS and on the residential schools in Canada. Kevin Annett has become, during his then occupation as a reverend for the United Church of Canada via talks with parishioners, aware of the crimes, which had been done in the compulsory residential schools („Indian residential schools“) against Indian children in Canada for more than 100 years until their closure in 1996, and which have cost the lives of about 50,000 Indian children during that time. In May 2010, he has founded together with groups from Ireland, England, USA, Canada, and Italy, the ITCCS. It has the aim to hold the Vatican, further churches, and governments responsible for crimes against children and against humanity. According to their own statement, the ITCCS has, until 2013, been represented in 26 countries. The judicial arm of the ITCCS is the „International Common Law Court of Justice“ (ICLCJ), a non-governmental court on common law basis. Regarding the „Indian residential schools“, it has investigated against persons from Canada, Great Britain, and the Vatican, and has published judgements.
The Canadian residential schools have had in their beginning a very high death rate particularly by diseases and insufficient nutrition, but aso by direct violence including abuse, maltreatment, and murder, which has significantly declined later, which hints at a change of strategy away from eradication to assimilation. An essential motive for taking away the children has been land grabbing, also in view of timber and mineral resources. Even Indian chiefs and (regarding fled children) the Canadian police had been involved in the system of persecution and assimilation against the Indian children, which does not make easier the legal reappraisal within Canada. The land grabbing exists, according to Kevin Annett, still today, and instead of the residential schools, today the transfer of Indian children to white-coloured foster families has an assimilating effect still today. The Canadian indian act still imposes discriminating restrictions on Indigenous people, e. g. regarding land ownership.
The establishment of the Indian residential schools in Canada had been based on a law, which had been introduced by the British Privy Council into the Canadian parliament. The British Queen is the head of state in Canada. The residential schools have been run by the Catholic Church, by the Anglican Church, and by the United Church.
The Catholic Church has, according to Kevin Annett, since at least 1929, had the policy „Crimen soli Satanis“, according to which victims and priests have to remain silent regarding child abuses within scope of the church. In this sense, the ICLCJ has found the former pope Benedikt XVI. as guilty for having impeded the prosecution against such crimes.
The ICLCJ sees its legal basis in the common law, a legal tradition particularly in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, and which has come originally from a Saxon tribal tradition. The ICLCJ requires for the admission of cases the proof, that the regularly responsible judicial system of the state does not care for the investigation of the supected / presumable crimes. Before they have brought the case of the Indian residential schools in Canada before the ICLCJ, Kevin Annett and his colleagues have tried for 15 years, to put through, that the prosecution takes places within Canada. And the Canadian truth and reconciliation commission is restricted in its capabilities, it even cannot enforce the appearance of persons, in order to at least put through the full information of the public. The case could not be taken to the International Criminal Court at The Haague, because it is only responsible for the prosecution of crimes, which have been done from the 01.07.2002 on, and most of the actions, which here could be part of a genocide and a crime against humanity against Indian children in Canada, have been done until inclusively 1996.
Der ICLCJ has found several church organizations and governmental organizations like the British Crown as such to be guilty and has found them to be criminal organizations. That is a significant difference to the International Criminal Court, which can only sentence each perpetrator, who has participated in crimes, for whose prosecution the court is responsible. For the conviction of organizations, the ICLCJ refers to the Nurembourg Principles and to the UN resolution against transnational criminal organizations.
The ICLCJ claims universal jurisdiction, while even the International Criminal Court is geographically restricted depending on which states have ratified the Roman Statute, on which it relies.
A glance into the 6 Nourembourg Principles shows, that they do not contain any statement on the existence of a collective guilt under criminal law, but on the guilt of even recipients of orders, and on guilt under international criminal law, even if laws of the state have legalized actions, which are crimes under international law.
One of the focuses of the UN convention against the transnational organized crime is the fight against human trafficking. The definition of the „organized criminal group“ (art. 2 lit. a of the convention) as a structured group of 3 or more persons, which exists for some time and aims at committing one or several crimes named in the convention, shows, that the treaty parties of the convention have rather had in view transnational mafia-like organizations of various sizes, but an inclusion of organizations under public law is also not explicitely excluded. Art. 4 of the convention, however, protects explicitely the sovereign equality of states and the territorial integrity of the states and the principle of non-interference and the responsibility of the respective governmental judicial systems.
The Indian residential schools have also had a strong connection to the child trafficking, so that Indian children have been exposed to organized abuse. According to the ITCCS, such networks exist still today, and they are a means of the systematical creation of extortability of Canadian politicians and judges. That is one commercial branch of the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia, which, according to Kevin Annett, delivers children even for satanic rituals and for medical experiments.
This kind of mafia secures, in addition to that, its influence and its protection, by systematically letting its people marray persons of the judicial area.
Interesting on the 'Ndrangheta is also the published testimony by the witness Anne Marie van Blijenburgh from the Netherlands, who has testified to be the wife of such a mafiosi. She has addresed herself to the ITCCS, after she had not been able to reach a prosecution within the Netherlands. According to her testimony, that mafia delivers children for ritual sacrifices, which take place in Belgium, i.a. on the wish of a Dutch Prince, and that also high-ranking Dutch politicians and judges are invited to such disgusting rituals.
So the 'Nrangheta seems to have reached an exortive influence on decision in policy and judiciary of an up to now unknown size not only in Canada, but also in the Netherlands.
The Wikipedia entry in English language on the 'Ndrangheta confirms, i. a., that it is active, i.a., in Canada and in the Netherands. A structure within the 'Ndrangheta named „La Santa“ is, according to Wikipedia and according to a recension of the book „Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style“ (by Letizia Paoli, published via New York: Oxford University Press, 2003) also connected to the freemazonry.
website of the ITCCS
report „Hidden no longer“ and film „Unrependant“ on the Canadian Indian residential schools
links on the genocide procedure of the ICLCJ on Canada
a blog in German language on the ITCCS
personal webseite of Kevin Annett
some reactions of the United Church of Canada on Kevin Annett
the official Canadian truth and recociliation commission on the Indian residential schools
Wikipedia dictionary on the Canadian Indian law
the Canadian Indian law
UN resolution against the transnational organized crime
Nourembourg Principles according to Wikipedia dictionary
and according to the website „von Nürnberg nach den Haag“
testimony by Anne Marie van Blijenburgh
Wikipedia entry on the 'Ndrangheta
recension of the book „Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style“