Maryam Namazie with piece critical of Amnesty International which originally featured on her own blog.
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.
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).
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.
Since the establishment of the tribunal Amnesty International has issued a number of statements which often seemed oblivious to the real creed of justice for the victims of 1971, often focussing disproportionately on the rights of the perpetrators of 1971 responsible for Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide and War Crimes. These statements have been used, abused, and misrepresented by those quarters who are effectively opposed to justice in perpetuating impunity, thus being unhelpful to the justice process. As a result, the victims of 1971 have been let down, confidence in the justice process has been undermined, misperceptions have been generated, as well as confusions have been created as to the true nature and significance of the justice process.
We, echoing the spirit of Shahbagh, the uprising of millions for justice, strongly protest the role of Amnesty International, which we believe should prioritise the rights of the victims and the justice process as mandates of any human rights organisation demand.
We call upon Amnesty International to stand by the victims, and support the justice process
Former IRA volunteer and ex-prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh, 4 years on the blanket and no-wash/no work protests which led to the hunger strikes of the 80s. Completed PhD at Queens upon release from prison. Left the Republican Movement at the endorsement of the Good Friday Agreement, and went on to become a journalist. Co-founder of The Blanket, an online magazine that critically analyzed the Irish peace process. Lead researcher for the Belfast Project, an oral history of the Troubles.