Amnesty International

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The alternative human rights conference highlights causes that are too often ignored or forgotten by organisations like Amnesty International

Well, given the contortions in modern liberalism, Amnesty’s abandonment of universal human rights was always likely. In the 2000s I wrote that Amnesty was becoming equivocal about political violence, torture, racism and the hatred of women and gays if abuse could not be blamed on the West. (Here scroll down.) Still, its final collapse remains a melancholy spectacle and a shocking one.

Today, Moazzam Begg was due to speak at an Amnesty International screening of ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo’.  However, he has announced that he will not be attending “so that the focus is not about my personal beliefs or Amnesty’s internal issues but, that the lives of men who have suffered human rights violations for so many years, as discussed in Outside the Law, are not overshadowed.”

The Sunday Times has reported that a second senior official at Amnesty International has publicly spoken out against their relationship with Moazzam Begg and CagePrisoners.

Denis MacShane, the Labour MP for Rotherham and staunch defender of free speech and human rights, has sent a letter to Amnesty International’s UK Director, Kate Allen, regarding the organisation’s decision to suspend Gita Sahgal.  It is reproduced below in full:

My colleagues Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens and Nick Cohen have already blogged about the bravery of Gita Sahgal for speaking up about Amnesty International’s accommodation of Moazzam Begg in today’s Sunday Times.

Depressingly, it now appears that Sahgal has been suspended by Amnesty.

is reporting that Gita has been suspended. When presented with a choice between violentpatriachy and women’s rights Amensty like so many other liberal institutions chooses reaction.