Category Archives: Amnesty International

Colin Kaepernick receives a humanitarian prize — but no NFL job offers

He can’t get an NFL team to hire him, but former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — whose “take a knee” protest against racism sparked a nationwide movement — was awarded another major human rights prize Saturday, this time from Amnesty International.

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The Worst Ideological Enemy of the US is Now Europe

Europe is the worst enemy of the US? You cannot be serious. Islamism, Russia, illegal immigrants… whatever, but surely not Europe! Are we not still together in NATO? Do we not conduct huge amounts of trade every day? Do we not share the same cultural roots, the same civilization, the same vision of the future? Did France not give the US her famous Statue of Liberty – “Liberty Enlightening the World?

Not anymore. In a sense, Europe looks like a continent where American Democrats have been in power for 30 years, not only in the European states, but also at the level of the European Union.

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Amnesty International Attacks Democracies, Forgives Islamist Tyrannies

According to Amnesty International, the centers that host migrants arriving in Italy, known as “hotspots,” are like concentration camps. This is what you learn from Amnesty International’s new report, which accuses Italy of nothing less than “torturing” migrants. The report features a sequence of testimonies, never proven, that describe methods worthy of a South American military junta.

The report validates Salman Rushdie’s accusation against Amnesty International: “Morally bankrupt.” The Wall Street Journal added two more charges against the famous Western non-governmental organization (NGO): “Anti-American fervor and intellectual confusion”.

In the new Amnesty International report, a “witness,” under the name of only “Adam,” speaks of “a kind of clamp with three ends” by which Italian policemen allegedly grabbed his testicles. Evidence? Medical reports attesting to this violence? The version of the Italian police? Not in the wonderful world of Amnesty International, where a Western democracy can be safely accused of “torture” with flimsy, sub-standard, unverifiable “evidence” — the same as Amnesty’s many spurious charges against Israel. The Italian police and Interior Ministry denied all the charges, calling them ridiculous.

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Amnesty International wants trafficking decriminalized

A friend tells me,

AI USA recently issued a statement supporting the decriminalization of buying sex, though this protects the pimps and buyers more than the women and children. AI Canada is set to vote on the same policy this year.

But, in an age where morality is a user illusion and all value systems are equal, why are the pimps and buyers less worthy of protection than the women and children?

Doesn’t it come down to where progressives can secure the choicest berths in the bureaucracy?

Some don’t agree with AI, for example: An Open Letter to Amnesty International USA: Informed Consent is No Match for Coercion:

Former sex workers admit that where there is adult prostitution, there is child sex trafficking. The fact that Germany, which legalized prostitution and subsequently experienced a spike in human trafficking, needed to ban bestiality because of too many animal deaths due to extreme sexual practices should give us warning about the ramifications of our social policies. People aren’t born with a desire to have sex with animals (it makes no – or extremely little – evolutionary sense). So, how many children had to be abused before the men who need to rape a dog to death no longer felt the same rush when abusing children? We need to think deeply about this while we debate and decide how to best help society, not just the women and children who are enslaved.

Testimony of former workers opposed to the move is offered.

Reality check: The flaw in any such scheme is the notion that everyone is a “rational actor” and moral consideration are optional.

Legalizing prostitution simply makes trafficking in minors easier—the girls most in demand have the least control over what happens to them anyway. And once the practice is accepted as a routine business matter, the use of the minors is merely an infraction. Especially if they are in no position to complain. Would they rather go back to the Third World family who sold them, who thought that getting rid of them for money was a better bargain than raising a dowry?

Almost the only power the prostitute has over her pimp is that he is demonstrably in an illegal position just by doing what he is doing.

The women who are most likely to have any say are the older ones who are less desired. If johns want the older gals, they could try being nice to their wives or women at their social club… but no …

The main reason sex workers are frequent victims of assault and murder is that their business puts them in much more contact with sociopathic male behaviour than the average day job does.

Prediction: The next big progressive move is of course to ask, what’s so wrong with sex with minors anyway? What’s the big deal about the “age of consent”? Then to legitimize it and teach it in Catholic schools.

See also: US media picks up: Toronto father of 7 believes he is six-year-old girl

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Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya: Amnesty International

(Reuters) – European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search and rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amnesty International said on Saturday as hundreds more people arrived in Italy from North Africa.

The European Union was shocked into action last week by a shipwreck that killed more than 700 people, and pledged to triple the budget of its sea mission which had replaced a more comprehensive Italian operation.

But differences of opinion over immigration policy mean the EU’s Operation Triton does not have an explicit mandate to search for and rescue migrants near the Libyan coast, where Italy’s now-defunct Mare Nostrum did much of its work last year.

“We only see that mission patrolling right around the borders of Italy. But all these boats that we have seen go down have been going down further afield, so closer to Libya, and these boats are simply not reaching that area,” said Amnesty International’s deputy manager for Europe, Gauri Van Gulik…

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Amnesty’s Problem with Antisemitism

I can’t escape the feeling that not many people take antisemitism seriously. Even now while we witness its rise throughout Europe. Even when Jews are shot dead in supermarkets and schools. This was made particularly clear on Tuesday by the decision taken by Amnesty International to reject a motion calling for them to tackle the rise in antisemitic attacks in the UK. According to the Jewish Chronicle it was the only motion to be defeated at their annual conference.

But don’t be under the impression that Amnesty International are the problem. Their decision to ignore antisemitism in the UK simply serves to hi-light the fact that even people who see themselves as anti racism activists can’t bring themselves to take antisemitism seriously.

They can’t bring themselves to admit Jews are targets of a vicious, murderous hatred so insidious it exists in all levels of polite (and impolite) society. They can’t bring themselves to see that Jews now live in fear of the next attack against themselves and their community…

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Amnesty International: Hamas Guilty of “War Crimes” in Gaza

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A horrific missile attack that killed 11 children in Gaza during last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas, for which Israel was broadly condemned at the time, was actually caused by a Palestinian missile misfiring and killing its own people, Amnesty International charged in a report released Thursday.

“In the deadliest incident believed to have been caused by a Palestinian armed group during the conflict, 13 Palestinian civilians – 11 of them children – were killed when a projectile exploded next to a supermarket in the crowded al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza on 28 July 2014, the first day of Eid al-Fitr,” Amnesty’s report said. “The children had been playing in the street and buying crisps and soft drinks in the supermarket at the time of the attack.”

“Although Palestinians have claimed that the Israeli military was responsible for the attack, an independent munitions expert, who examined the available evidence on behalf of Amnesty International, concluded that the projectile used in the attack was a Palestinian rocket.”

The report highlights the fact that the blast could not have been caused by a drone attack or as the result of Israeli shelling. The crater was too shallow, it said, while “its circumference was too wide to have been caused by a tank shell.”

“Palestinian armed groups, including the armed wing of Hamas, repeatedly launched unlawful attacks during the conflict killing and injuring civilians,” said Philip Luther, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. “In launching these attacks, they displayed a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law and for the consequences of their violations on civilians in both Israel and the Gaza Strip.”

Israel’s insistence from the start that the 13 deaths were caused by one of Hamas’ own missiles going astray was generally disregarded as Hamas rushed to accuse Israel. Even repeated testimony from an Italian journalist in Gaza at the time that indicated a number of journalists were convinced the deaths had been caused by a Hamas shell, failed to persuade most people that the Israel Defense Force (IDF) was telling the truth.

The journalist, Gabriele Barbati, tweeted, “International journos [journalists] say: feeling today’s massacre in Shaati beach playground #gaza was misfired rocket by Hamas or factions.” The following day he added, “@IDFSpokesperson said truth in communique released yesterday about Shati camp massacre. It was not #Israel behind it”.

Barbati subsequently fled for his life from Gaza once his tweets were noticed by Hamas, but later that day tweeted again, “Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children y’day in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris.”

Amnesty also made note of “other violations of international humanitarian law by Palestinian armed groups during the conflict, such as storing rockets and other munitions in civilian buildings – including UN schools – and cases where Palestinian armed groups launched attacks or stored munitions very near locations where hundreds of displaced civilians were taking shelter.”

The Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas, which against the wishes of the U.S. and others, intends to apply for membership of the International Criminal Court, next week, may be liable for this and other war crimes committed by Palestinians during the war if accepting ICC jurisdiction.  The PA officially became jointly responsible for Gaza as part of the unity government with Hamas on June 2, 2014, some 5 weeks before the conflict began.

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Amnesty International on Spain: Two-pronged assault targets rights and freedoms of Spanish citizens, migrants invaders and refugees

Sub-Saharan African migrants invaders scale the fence in Melilla.

Draconian reforms to two pieces of Spanish legislation are an assault on the rights of its citizens as well as an attempt to formalize abusive practices against migrants invaders and refugees, said Amnesty International ahead of a vote in parliament this afternoon.

A double whammy of proposed reforms to the Criminal Code and the Law on Public Security will restrict rights to peaceful assembly, association and freedom of expression. It will also introduce new anti-terror measures and legalize the unlawful push-back of migrants invaders and refugees from Spain’s enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa to Morocco…

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Amnesty International says Palestinians committed war crimes by firing rockets into civilian areas and using people as human shields during the 2014 Gaza war

Amnesty International has concluded that Hamas committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza conflict by firing rockets ‘indiscriminately’ at civilian areas and using non-combatants as human shields.

‘In launching these attacks, [Palestinian jihadis] displayed a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law and for the consequences of their violations on civilians in both Israel and the Gaza Strip,’ said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

The report concluded that rocket attacks had killed six civilians in Israel, including a child. Other rockets aimed at the Jewish state fell short and killed at least 13 Palestinian civilians, 11 of them children, on the beach in Gaza, in an attack that was wrongly blamed on Israel…


Quite an admission from this group. Elder of Ziyon has a different take on it: New Amnesty report minimizes Hamas war crimes – and bashes Israel:

Even though the report unquestioningly states that Hamas shooting indiscriminate rockets at civilian areas are war crimes, it also accuses Israel of war crimes multiple times.

It has an entire section blaming Israel for not adequately providing shelters for hundreds of illegal Bedouin communities in the Negev.

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Amnesty International and jihad: A reputation at risk

unnamed-4Reports that “Jihadi John”, a particularly ghastly member of the Islamic State who has been identified as the beheader of at least five Western hostages in Syria, is a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi embarrassed several outfits. One of them was MI5, Britain’s domestic security service, which had apparently interviewed him but then let him slip out of Britain. Another was Cage, a British Islamist outfit which had warm relations with Mr Emwazi. But the twitchiest reaction was at Amnesty International.

Cage caused the rumpus after one of its leading lights described Mr Emwazi as “kind”, “gentle” and “a beautiful young man”. Mr Emwazi’s crimes, he explained, were partly due to harassment by MI5, which got onto Mr Emwazi in 2009 after he had been arrested in Tanzania, probably on his way to wage jihad in Somalia. Cage was widely barracked for that insinuation. And then so was Amnesty, because of its links to Cage.

Amnesty was founded in 1961 with a mission to campaign for “prisoners of conscience”, defined as those who have been locked up for expressing their views—emphatically without advocating violence. Since then it has grown into a huge organisation with more than 70 national chapters. Many thousands of prisoners and people persecuted for their beliefs have benefited from Amnesty’s courageous moral and practical support over the years. In 1977 it won the Nobel peace prize.

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Australia: ‘Spy’ lies that opened the door to mad Lindt cafe killer Man Haron Monis

LINDT cafe terrorist Man Haron Monis was given refugee status after fooling the Australian government that he was an Iranian spy familiar with state-sponsored terrorist attacks, which would put his life in ­danger if he was sent home.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal that the Islamic extremist also presented a signed letter on an Amnesty International letterhead, which lobbied the Department of Immigration on his behalf in 1997.

In a copy of the letter dated April 30 from that year, Amnesty’s refugee co-ordinator said the organisation assessed as “credible” outlandish claims made by Monis he was a dissident poet, a senior cleric and an Iranian intelligence officer.

In the aftermath of Martin Place, his claims about himself have been widely ridiculed on social media in his native Iran, where he is described as little more than a conman…

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How Amnesty International Suppresses Free Speech

Last month the Columbia University chapter of Amnesty International invited me to deliver a talk on human rights in the Middle East. I accepted the invitation, anxious to present a balanced view on human rights, focusing on the Israeli-Arab-Palestinian issue. As a supporter of the two-state solution and an opponent of many of Israel’s settlement decisions, I regard myself as a moderate on these issues.

That was apparently too much for the national office of Amnesty International to tolerate. They demanded that the Columbia chapter of Amnesty International disinvite me. They did not want their members to hear my perspective on human rights.

The excuse they provided were two old and out-of-context quotes suggesting that I favored torture and collective punishment. The truth is that I am adamantly opposed to both. I have written nuanced academic articles on the subject of torture warrants as a way of minimizing the evils of torture, and I have written vehemently against the use of collective punishment of innocent people — whether it be by means of the boycott movement against all Israelis or the use of collective punishment against Palestinians. I do favor holding those who facilitate terrorism responsible for their own actions…

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