Mr. Frank La Rue
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection
of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
26 January 2011
I am writing to you relating to your charge under HRC resolution 7/36, specifically as it relates to discrimination against persons seeking to exercise or to promote the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including, as a matter of high priority, against journalists or other professionals in the field of information.
I am a member of the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust. CODOH promotes discussion and debate, publishes a news letter and a maintains a Blog site. I am writing to you because I asked to attend the United Nations sponsored Conference on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial, which took place at Trinity College Ireland on November 18th and 19th. Since I am a Revisionist, I wanted to hear what was being said about people like me, particularly in light of the fact that expressing Revisionist views is a felony in many countries.
In the event, I was denied permission to attend the Conference. Other Revisionists were refused attendance as well. The story is told here. Since Revisionist views are usually distorted, allow me to explain that we only wished to attend and report on the proceedings.
Briefly, we believe that much of the history that we are taught today has been influenced by Soviet, British and American wartime propaganda, which exaggerated and exploited real tragedies for propaganda purposes. This concerns not just Jews but Slavs, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses and, in some versions, Gays. It can be argued that we have produced considerable research that supports this point of view. It is inconceivable to me that I, or anyone, should be threatened with prison for stating in public that I doubt aspects of "official" history.
While I understand that you have very serious matters to investigate, many scholars have been imprisoned for being Revisionists. It is particularly offensive that the United Nations Holocaust outreach program has been distorted to suppress discussion of the Holocaust. I respectfully ask that you investigate this matter.
Thank you for your attention,
David Merlin, member
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH)
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, California
Telephone: 209 682 5327