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This Weeks Show:
Wednesday 17th December 2008
Do Africans have Human Rights or are we still considered to be non-people?
December 10th was commemorated as the United Nations Humans Rights Day and this year saw the 60th anniversary commemorations of the passing of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Similarly, African governments are often lambasted by Western nations for their human rights record. In lights of this we will be exploring examples of human rights abuses and those who have actively been working to defend the human rights of African peoples as well as challenge the human rights abuses meted out to African people in the African Diaspora.
We will highlight two specific and very different campaigns which highlight the challenges of defending the human and peoples rights of Africans. The two examples excellently highlight two campaigns to hold both the UK and US governments to account for human rights abuses committed against African people as well as the wider social justice implications of these campaigns for the rest of society.
We will focus on two widely under-reported cases:
(1) His Royal Highness Ago Piero Ajano the African man who claims to be the direct descendant (son) of King Edward VIII who was King of the United Kingdom and the British dominions, and Emperor of India from 20 January 1936, following the death of his father, George V, until his abdication in 1936. HRH asserts he was subsidised by the British monarchy in secret for many years only to become the victim of sycophantic fraud and rendered penniless, having led a lavish lifestyle in London in the '80s. However, HRH is now penniless and lives in a modest council flat. We will be speaking to his power of attorney Clarence Thompson MBE who will highlight the wider civil liberties and human rights implications of this case for all African people.
(2) Medical Experimentation and Germ Warfare against Africans and their descendants with a special focus on HIV/AIDS. Dr Boyd Graves JD has been conducting research into HIV/AIDS for over 15 years. In 1999, while researching his own HIV+ diagnosis, Dr. Graves' uncovered the hidden 1971 U.S. Special Virus Flow Chart. The 1971 Flow Chart is the research logic of the United States ' 'Special Virus.' A 1971 U.S. blueprint providing the absolute proof of purpose, intent, and premeditation as evidence in the logic flow design of the patented Human Immune Virus (HIV). He has since filed multiple legal actions with U.S. Federal Courts, Members of the United States Congress, and U.S. Attorney General, calling also upon the United Nations for the immediate review of the formerly secret U.S. Special (AIDS) Virus Program.
We will be joined by the two following discussants:
CLARENCE THOMPSON MBE is a Social Scientist, poet, business teacher and Chairman of the West Indian Standing Conference. He is also the Chairman of the 198 Gallery which was set up during the 1980's in response to the social unrest in and around Lambeth, England.
DR BOYD GRAVES J.D. is a Human Rights Leader and international AIDS Activist. Dr.Graves' is the author of two books detailing his years of medical research discoveries and judicial activism, including: “STATE ORIGIN: The Evidence of the Laboratory Birth of AIDS,” and “WORLD WAR AIDS: The Third World War.
Since this is a dialogue in the African world programme, we are keen to hear your views on any of the following:
(REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW TO PARTICIPATE, WE WOULD APPRECIATE EMAIL COMMENTS IN ADVANCE OF THE SHOW)
1. What is your understanding of human rights?
2. Do you feel that human rights apply to all people in practice?
3. Do you know of any African human or peoples’ rights defenders that we should be honouring at this time?
4. Do you know of any rights abuses that are disproportionately impacting on African and Diaspora communities that you would like to tell us about?
5. What are some of the barriers to African and Diaspora governments securing their African and African descendant citizens human rights?
6. Do you have any questions for Clarence Thompson MBE or Dr Boyd Graves?
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