The following is an example of a sec. 13 human rights complaint and is provided for educational purposes as an example of how to make a complaint regarding hate on the Internet - cyberhate.
Western Canada For Us
PRESS RELEASE11 January 2005
For immediate release.
HATE CRIMES SUSPECT ARRESTED AND CHARGED
The Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society (CAERS) and Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman welcomed news of the arrest and charging yesterday of Glenn Bahr, founder of the now-defunct hate group Western Canada For Us (WCFU).
CAERS and Warman had previously held a press conference and presentation on 9 September 2004 in Winnipeg to announce that formal complaints had been lodged by Warman with the Canadian Human Rights Commission against WCFU and its former leaders Glenn Bahr and Peter Kouba.
Created by Bahr and Kouba in January of 2004, WCFU was centred in Edmonton and Calgary but rapidly expanded to include representatives in Winnipeg, Red Deer, and Vancouver. During its brief but active heyday, the group operated a website ( www.wcfu.com ) that featured extensive hate material including offering downloadable electronic books such as The Turner Diaries , a work that advocates the genocide of Jews and blacks, and inspired Oklahoma-city bomber Timothy McVeigh. The group also held a number of demonstrations in Edmonton in support of imprisoned Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.
In addition to the material contained on the WCFU website, the human rights complaint filed against Bahr also identified Internet postings where he refers to Aboriginals as “vermin” and states that he wants to get a swastika tattoo because “dead or alive Hitler is my fuhrer”. Even more troubling are Bahr's assertions that gays and lesbians, as well as the mentally disabled should be killed. Bahr posted, “I believe no matter how or why you are a homosexual your life should be terminated… They should be terminated along with retards and any other degenerates that nature would do away with in the wild.”
Bahr, formerly of Red Deer and Edmonton, returned to his family home in Langley, BC after the Edmonton Police Hate Crimes Unit raided the Edmonton residence he was staying in on 7 May 2004. Police seized the computers involved in running the web site and Bahr's extensive collection of neo-Nazi paraphernalia. Although the group dissolved, many of its members including Bahr continued with their activities. As a result of the police investigation, it is understood that Bahr was arrested yesterday in Langley and transported back to Edmonton to face one charge under s. 319(2) of the Criminal Code that prohibits the willful promotion of hate.
CAERS Executive-Director Alan Dutton said the collapse of the group “shows what can be accomplished when human rights groups and the community work together to send the message that hate groups aren't welcome in Canada.” For his part Warman described the efforts of the Edmonton Police Hate Crimes Unit as “solid, professional policing from start to finish. They identified the problem, they did their homework, and when the time came they acted on it.”
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For details, please contact Richard Warman (English/fran ç ais) or
Alan Dutton, Executive-Director, CAERS
HATE CRIME Glenn Bahr Western Canada For Us WCFU (WCFU)
Human Rights Complaint - Glenn Bahr & WCFU Complainant:Richard Warman
Name and Addresses of Respondents:
1) Glenn Bahr and Western Canada For Us (WCFU)
Permanent home address:
Langley, British Columbia
websites involved: wcfu.com - westerncanadaforus.com , and stormfront.org
Address where incident occurred (if different from above):
Internet (see websites above)
Glenn Bahr and his group Western Canada For Us have discriminated against persons or groups of persons on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, and disability by repeatedly communicating messages through an Internet website that would likely expose Jews, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, blacks and other non-whites, and the mentally disabled to hatred and/or contempt contrary to section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) .
Glenn Bahr and Western Canada For Us were also responsible for the publication of a notice that expresses discrimination and the intent to discriminate against non-whites, and gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in a manner that would constitute a discriminatory practice under ss. 5-11 thus contravening s. 12(a) of the CHRA .
Date of alleged conduct: 7 October 2003 and ongoing.
Glenn Bahr has posted extensive discriminatory material on Stormfront, a U.S. website forum at www.stormfront.org using the pseudonym SS-88 . SS is short for Shutzstaffel, the organization in Nazi Germany that had responsibility for the protection of Adolf Hitler and the operation of the concentration camps. In neo-Nazi parlance, the number 88 symbolizes "HH" or short for Heil Hitler as H is the 8 th letter of the alphabet. He has posted similar material on the Western Canada For Us website at www.wcfu.com and www.westerncanadaforus.com (the exact same material appears on both of these last website URL's) using the names SS-88 and Glenn.
In a posting dated 26 April 2004, Glenn Bahr used his screen name of Glenn to post a copy of a press release to the Western Canada For Us website that he had issued in response to media criticism of his group. In the press release he signs his full name and indicates that he is the President and Founder of the WCFU.
Although a broad range of discriminatory materials have been included with the evidence accompanying this complaint, representative samples are listed below.
I visited the Stormfront forum on 9, 15, 19, and 28 October 2003, 18, 22, 24, 27 and 30 November 2003, 1 December 2003, 6, 13, and 31 January 2004, and 10, 11, 21, and 29 February 2004.
In a posting to Stormfront dated 11 February 2004, Bahr describes First Nations persons as "vermin".
In a posting to Stormfront dated 13 January 2004, Bahr responds to a question about why he intends to get a swastika tattoo saying:
Because I believe in the Nazi ideals. To me it is a symbol of my beliefs and lets everyone know what I stand for. I am not ashamed of wearing a swastika but proud to wear that symbol. I am prepared to fight for my beliefs. I take my shirt of every summer and my SS [tattoo] is revealed and sure I get looks. But I am proud to have the SS on my skin, to me it is a great honour. I take gret honour in the fact my grandfather fought in the german army. This is why I will get the swastika, because dead or alive Hitler is my fuhrer. Heil Hitler! [sic]
In a posting dated 10 March 2004, using the screen name SS-88 , Bahr indicates that:
I believe no matter how or why you are a homosexual your life should be terminated. This is not right. Nature intended for us to breed in order for us to continue our race. There is nothing natureal about being a hoimosexual, it is for purely sexual reasons. They should be terminated along with retards and any other degenerates that nature would do away with in the wild. What gives us the right to prolong a life that would have been terminated by nature... Nature intended for males to mate with females anything else is a perverted sickness that needs to be destroyed. [sic]
During the month of March, 2004, I became aware that Glenn Bahr was offering electronic versions of Nazi and neo-Nazi literature for download on the WCFU website. On 17 March 2004, I downloaded a list showing the files that were available. They included The Silent Jew, The International Jew, by Henry Ford, the Turner Diaries, by William Pierce (the unlamented former head of the US neo-Nazi group the National Alliance), and White Power by George Lincoln Rockwell (the former head of the American Nazi Party). All of these works are viciously anti-semitic, and the Turner Diaries clearly advocates the genocide of Jews, blacks and other non-whites, as well as any whites that associate with such individuals. I personally viewed all of these materials available in their entirety through the WCFU website on a number of occasions. On 17 March 2004 I printed off hard copies of The Turner Diaries and The International Jew , and on 19 March 2004, I downloaded pdf copies of The Turner Diaries , The International Jew , and White Power .
Violation of section 12(a) of the Act
Glenn Bahr was the designer and creator of the WCFU website, and the group's
self-admitted President and Founder. In a posting marked "Our 10 Commandments" downloaded 22 February 2004, Glenn Bahr and Western Canada For Us purported to require that members of the group must a) be a member of the white race, and,
b) must not be a homosexual or bi-sexual.
Based on the foregoing examples, I believe that Glenn Bahr and Western Canada For Us have discriminated against persons or groups of persons on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, and disability by repeatedly communicating messages through an Internet website that would likely expose Jews, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, blacks and other non-whites, and the mentally disabled to hatred and/or contempt contrary to section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act .
I also believe that Glenn Bahr and Western Canada For Us were responsible for the publication of a notice that expresses discrimination and the intent to discriminate against non-whites, and gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in a manner that would constitute a discriminatory practice under ss. 5-11 thus contravening s. 12(a) of the CHRA .
Given that this material would appear to be quite clearly in violation of ss. 12(a) and 13(1) of the Act , I would ask that, if approved by the Commissioners, this complaint be forwarded directly to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for hearing.
I thank-you in advance for your work on this matter.
8 June 2004
Human Rights Complaint Glenn Bahr and Western Canada For Us (WCFU) Richard Warman WCFU