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Free the Virgin Island 3

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Raised by 4 people in 48 months
    My name is Kwasi Seitu, a  veteran of the global Black struggle  for justice, equality, and freedom.  For the past year I have been assisting the "Virgin Islands 3," to end their political imprisonment  that has gone on for over 43-years. The three are (as pictured) Haneef Bey (Beaumont Gereau), Abdul Azziz (Warren Battentine), and Malik Bey (Meral Smith). At the time these men were seized and imprisoned not one of them was over the age of 23. 

Last winter the three contacted me and asked if I would assist them and this past October, I made a visit to St. Croix in order to get in close proximity and gain a more detailed understanding of their situation.
Initially, the issue appeared that they were being denied the right to apply for parole, but then as a result of that closer look, I discovered that these men do not even have a sentence. Their sentences were quietly retired by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons back in 2000-01, meaning they should have been released at that time.

I prepared for each of them petitions for the writ of habeas corpus raising the fact that they have been illegally detained by the U.S. through the various colonial governors for the past 15-years. After they each filed their petitions and on the day by law when the court should have been ordering their release, the three were instead rounded up and put into maximum-security isolation, where they remain.

On my visit I stayed with the people, I met with them, and found that a lot of them want the three released. However, because of the way the U.S. quickly convicted and imprisoned, most people do not understand what took place and what is taking place with them. As the lead strategic consultant, I need to return to the VI as quickly as possible and for a more extended stay in order to help solidify the outside support and force the government to abandon its illegal actions.

  A good part of the funds raised will go to cover transportation costs, not there and back, but to travel between the three main islands (from St. Thomas to St. Croix is $80 one way). While just as much or more will be spent on printing and distributing organizing material, as well as securing meeting spaces. Again, this matter is urgent. 

 
Please visit www.virginislands3.yolasite.com to learn more on their case, and www.itj-pdn.org  to learn more about ITJ's other initiatives. And please remember that "The limits of tyrants are prescirbed by those who they oppress" Frederick Douglass

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Elizabeth Throssell, High Commissioner, and
Honorable Member Nations,
United Nations Commission on Human Rights
Office of the High Commissioner
Palais Des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

My name is Kwasi Seitu and I took on the case of the Virgin Island 3 (Haneef Bey/"Beaumont Gereau," Abdul Azziz/"Warren Ballentine," and Malik Bey/"Meral Smith), at their request in 2015. Upon closer scrutiny, I discovered that the reason they were being denied the right to apply for parole, was because they had no sentences.

In 2000-01, the U.S. government terminated the illegal sentences it imposed on the three and other fellow islanders, but did not release them. And the politics behind it all goes way beyond Haneef, Abdul, and Malik, it goes back to when the U.S. "purchased" their people and land from Denmark in 1917. That exchange violated every existing domestic and international law against the slave trade and slavery,
Denmark never had a legitimate claim to the land or people, both were stolen, so the U.S. could not legally "purchase" either.

In the course of the work in this matter since 2015, we have not only irrefutably uncovered and shown in fact the Virgin Island 3 are being and have always politically imprisoned by the U.S. government, but so have hundreds of other "Native/Black" people under U.S. "ownership."

The U.S. judiciary has exposed itself as a racist fraternity in service to consistent systemic racist oppression of Black people.

The "U.S. District Court" in which these people were tried, is not actually a court at all under U.S. law, but is rather only a court "in name only," meaning it is in no way bound by U.S. or any law.

We need funds to support this critical Human Rights work, please give now and share widely so that justice may roll down like a mighty tsunami. Tsunamic Justice.

Go to www.virginislands3.yolasite.com to view letter and complaint
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A few years ago I posted this seeking $8,000, got only $650, in the meantime the state-financed oppression continues. Recently we exposed the UN Commission on Human Rights to have fascist working within it to excuse the U.S. from respecting and being held to account under the UDHR... "American Exceptionalism." We need funds to counter this issue, to overcome the controlled media, to reach the grassroots with the truth. Our goal remains $8,000, but you know that we need a lot more now in order to make a difference.

Go to www.virginislands3.yolasite.com for updates
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The Virgin Islands 3 are being denied access to their property, including their legal papers. All with the intent to deprive them of every basic human right, which goes to the human rights of all natural inhabitants of the isles.

The court has not processed their petitions in spite of having them for more than a month, which violates the rules of judicial procedure. The VI3 petitions raise the fact that they have been held for the past 15-years without a sentence, without any lawful authority. In the meantime, the 3 are being held so as to cut off their ability to communicate with their outside support. We need your help to counter this, and force their relaease.
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Help to end not only 44-years of political imprisonment by the U.S., with the colonial government of the Virgin Islands holding them illegally for the past 15 years. These men are America's longest held "terror suspects."
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