Today, there will be a demonstration against Amnesty International for its disproportionate support of the Islamist perpetrators of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes. I am also vehemently opposed to the death penalty in all cases (it’s nothing short of state-sponsored murder), but Amnesty could do much more to support the victims and the demand for justice.
Of course, Amnesty seems to be getting it wrong quite a bit and for a while now.
The Centre for Secular Space recently issued a report outlining the organisation’s links with Islamism, and also highlighting the case of Gita Sahgal, once head of Amnesty’s Gender Unit who was suspended for criticising the organisation’s links to Cage Prisoners.
Just this month, one of Amnesty’s Board members even wrote a piece in defence of Sharia law! Amnesty keeps saying how impartial they are but somehow it ends up being partial towards Islamism.
I know Amnesty takes pride in being criticised from governments and non-state actors alike as an indication that they are doing something right but when the criticism keeps coming from those on the frontlines of human rights work, surely they need a rethink (and more than one apology).
Talk about losing one’s moral compass!
More information on today’s Ademonstration is below.
DEMONSTRATE AGAINST AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Support Bangladesh’s War victims not the perpetrators
For more information:
Iftekhar Muntakim: email@example.com Mob 07863 133593, Masud Rana: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ajanta Deb Roy: email@example.com Mob 07403 216980
This Thursday, 28th of February 2013, 3pm-5pm Bangladeshis living in London are going to gather in front of Amnesty International’s office to protest against the misinformed reports Amnesty International has been publishing regarding the war crimes tribunal of Bangladesh. [Read more…]