Northern Alliance and Jason Ouwendyk

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. The result of the complaint can be found at the Canadian Human Rights Commission website. Some results are posted on www.stopracism.ca as examples of the types of evidence and argument that Tribunals find relevant.

Complainant:

Richard Warman

Name and Addresses of Respondents:

1) Northern Alliance

[address removed]

2) Jason Ouwendyk (leader, Northern Alliance)

[home address removed]

London, Ontario

website involved: northernalliance

Address where incident occurred (if different from above):

Internet (see website above)

Allegation:

The respondents 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 Muslims, Hindus, Jews, gays and lesbians, East Asians, Hispanics, blacks, Arabs, and other non-whites, Somalians, Eastern Europeans, Roma (aka Gypsies), and the mentally and physically disabled to hatred and/or contempt contrary to section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) .

Date of alleged conduct: 29 September 2002 to the Fall of 2005 (exact date uncertain).

Particulars:

Jason Ouwendyk as leader of the Northern Alliance and administrator of their website has posted or permitted to be posted extensive discriminatory material at the URL northernalliance . He has done the same as the administrator of the website's forum and using the pseudonym Jay .

I visited the Northern Alliance website numerous times between 29 September 2002 and the Fall of 2005. Although a broad range of discriminatory materials have been included with the evidence accompanying this complaint, representative samples in chronological order are listed below.

On 29 September 2002, the Northern Alliance website forum contained a posting by an individual using the name ‘Louis' that alleged that most Communists were Jews in the early 1900s, that Jews were responsible for the Russian revolution, and that Jews control the media.

northernalliance/forum/_discussion/0000000e.htm

On 14 July 2003, the Northern Alliance website contained a picture of a protest that members of the Northern Alliance had participated in against the London gay pride parade. A sign being held by one of their associates reads, “THERE IS A CURE FOR HOMOSEXUALITY – IT'S AIDS”. [sic]

northernalliance/Gay_Parade_2003/Group_02.JPG

On 17 July 2003, the Northern Alliance forum contained postings that suggested the deaths of Jews during the Holocaust was grossly exaggerated but that at least the smaller number of those murdered was a “…damn good start!”

northernalliance/board/viewtopic.php?t=155&start=30

On 18 July 2003, the Northern Alliance forum contained postings that suggested a child with the appearance of having Down's syndrome was a “horrible creature” who should be used as fuel, was a “mongoloid”, and that all such persons should be euthanized.

northernalliance/board/viewtopic.php?t=94

On 9 October 2003, the Northern Alliance forum contained a posting that stated, “how come every time I see a white chick with a darky i just want to kill them both!” [sic]

northernalliance/board/viewtopic.php?t=31

On 20 October 2003, Jason Ouwendyk, using the pseudonym Jay , posted to the Northern Alliance forum a quote purporting to be from a Rabbi in 1952 advocating the elimination of the white race. It states:

Forbid the Whites to mate with Whites. The White women must cohabit with members of the dark races, the White Men with black women. Thus the White race will disappear, for the mixing of the dark with teh White means the end of the White man, and our most dangerous enemy will become only a memory. [sic]

northernalliance/board/viewtopic.php?t=21

On 13 November 2003, the Northern Alliance forum contained postings that described Muslims as “shit”, “scum”, “worse than niggers”, suggest that we “need to get rid of all muslims in our homes!”, and that Jews and Arabs are both Semites and that “Semites MUST DIE!” [sic]

northernalliance/board/viewtopic.php?t=76

On 17 November 2003, the Northern Alliance forum contained a posting suggesting that another poster was underestimating the threat that Muslims pose because they breed like rodents. The poster continues, “If you had a mulsim, a jew and only one bullet: who would you shoot??” [sic]

northernalliance/board/viewtopic.php?t=76&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

On 20 November 2003, Jason Ouwendyk, using the pseudonym Jay , posted to the Northern Alliance forum describing a black male as a “Nigger” and a Hispanic man as a “Spic”.

northernalliance/board/viewtopic.php?t=84

From at least November 2003 to the Fall of 2005, the Northern Alliance website contained an extensive collection of photographs (included edited photos) that were designed to expose persons to hatred or contempt on the basis of religion, disability, race, colour, and/or national or ethnic origin. The introduction to the section was titled “ They claim that race is only a matter of skin colour and we are all equal. We tend to disagree. ” [sic] The URL addresses for some of the photos described a disabled, South Asian child as “APEBOY”, non-whites as “SHITSKINS”, blacks as “DARKIES”, and an East Asian man as a “GOOK”. The pages downloaded from the Northern Alliance website by the Internet Archive project on 5 March 2005 ( www.archive.org ) demonstrate that this material was available at least as late as March, 2005. The Internet Archive website states that it takes approximately 6-12 months before each new version of a downloaded website is added to their collection (see Internet Archive FAQ attached).

northernalliance/cultures.htm and northernalliance/photogallery with variations on both of these URLs for the assortment of images.

Complaint:

The respondents 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 Muslims, Hindus, Jews, gays and lesbians, East Asians, Hispanics, blacks, Arabs, and other non-whites, Somalians, Eastern Europeans, Roma (aka Gypsies), and the mentally and physically disabled to hatred and/or contempt contrary to section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act .

I thank-you in advance for your work on this matter.

Richard Warman

21 January 2006

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