NEWS RELEASE · 12th July 2010
Kevin D. Annett
Canadian Human Rights Campaigner Unites Survivors of Church Terror across Borders in a New International Tribunal - Rev. Kevin Annett and group to return to Europe in September and Confront Pope
The man who forced an apology from his government and held an exorcism rite outside the Vatican last April is raising the stakes on institutionalized child torture this fall.
Rev. Kevin Annett of Canada is uniting with groups from seven nations to bring criminal charges and sanctions against the Roman Catholic church and its accomplices. And they'll commence their efforts on Friday, September 17 in London, England, when Pope Joseph Ratzinger arrives there to address Parliament.
"The Pope and his office is legally, morally and spiritually responsible for the terror and murder inflicted on countless children over centuries, and for the continued obstruction and evasion of justice being orchestrated by church and state" declared Rev. Annett today in a statement.
"Not only must the Pope and those responsible be brought to justice, but the power of church bodies to stand outside the law must be ended forever. We need not simply court cases, but a radical reformation to ensure that never again will children be tortured by a false church."
Rev. Annett has led a fifteen year campaign to expose crimes by Canadian churches against children in Indian residential schools. He and a few others have won recognition, reparations and the beginning of justice for tens of thousands of aboriginal survivors of Canada's murderous Indian residential schools.
In June, 2008, Annett and his network forced the government of Canada to publicly apologize for the Indian residential schools and to admit that thousands of children died in them.
This September and October, Kevin Annett and three others will be conducting his third European speaking and organizing tour to win support for an international Tribunal into crimes of church and state.
Between September 10 and October 31, in the accompaniment of his wife Carol, Ken Bearchief, a native lawyer spearheading residential school reparations in the United States, and Peter Yellow Quill from the Anishinabe Nation, he will travel to Ireland, England, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and Germany, to hold vigils outside the Vatican and the United Nations in Geneva, and work with survivors of church terror in all these countries.
While in Europe, Kevin will also publicly launch his new book, entitled "Unrepentant: Disrobing the Emperor", published by O Books in England. Besides confronting the Pope and pressing for his arrest, Kevin's group will also rally outside Buckingham Palace in London to seek a reply to a letter his network sent to the Queen of England over two years ago, concerning the fate of native children under her care.
Following his historic memorial service and public exorcism outside the Vatican in October, 2009, Kevin and his group will also be meeting with senior politicians in Italy to win support for a motion in the European parliament to have Canada and its churches charged with crimes against humanity.
"Kevin has become a lightning rod for all survivors of church abuse" said Chief Peter Yellow Quill of the Anishinabe nation, who will be touring with Kevin, and who recently presented a letter to the Queen of England about the missing residential school children.
"Finally there's a white man who understands what we suffer and is forcing his own people to face it, and be held accountable. And now he's rallying victims of the church across borders. So I am honored to stand with him and present the truth of our genocide before European governments and people."
A complete itinerary of Kevin's tour follows, just open the attachment below. It is sponsored by The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, of which Kevin's Canadian group, The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared, is a member, along with The Templemore Forgotten Victims Group of Antrim, Ireland, Survivors of Clergy Abuse - Australia, and many others.
Rev. Annett & survivors of Catholic Indian residential schools speak to government officials of the Province of Liguria, Genoa, April 2010 seeking their sponsorship for inquiry into genocide in Canada
Italian State Police Disrupt planned vigil by Rev. Annett and others outside the Vatican, Rome, April 2010
Rev. Annett and supporters rally outside the Canadian Embassy, London, UK, demanding sanctions against Canada by the European Union, April 2010
Rev. Annett (2nd from left) and members of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State outside the Vatican, where they will return in September 2010