My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Whose side is Amnesty International On???

Doesn't sound like they are on our side.....
A SENIOR official at Amnesty International has accused the charity of putting the human rights of Al-Qaeda terror suspects above those of their victims.

Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnesty’s international secretariat, believes that collaborating with Moazzam Begg, a former British inmate at Guantanamo Bay, “fundamentally damages” the organisation’s reputation.

In an email sent to Amnesty’s top bosses, she suggests the charity has mistakenly allied itself with Begg and his “jihadi” group, Cageprisoners, out of fear of being branded racist and Islamophobic.

Sahgal describes Begg as “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban”. He has championed the rights of jailed Al-Qaeda members and hate preachers, including Anwar al-Awlaki, the alleged spiritual mentor of the Christmas Day Detroit plane bomber.

Amnesty’s work with Cageprisoners took it to Downing Street last month to demand the closure of Guantanamo Bay. Begg has also embarked on a European tour, hosted by Amnesty, urging countries to offer safe haven to Guantanamo detainees. This is despite concerns about former inmates returning to terrorism.

Sahgal, who has researched religious fundamentalism for 20 years, has decided to go public because she feels Amnesty has ignored her warnings for the past two years about the involvement of Begg in the charity’s Counter Terror With Justice campaign.

“I believe the campaign fundamentally damages Amnesty International’s integrity and, more importantly, constitutes a threat to human rights,” Sahgal wrote in an email to the organisation’s leaders on January 30. “To be appearing on platforms with Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban, whom we treat as a human rights defender, is a gross error of judgment.”


Blogger Paul M said...

I lost all respect for Amnesty International a long time ago.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Pissedoff said...

Amnesty International, like the United Nutters has never been on the right side.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Kit said...

I don't see the issue. Amnesty International lost its neutrality ages ago and the only people who think they are credible is the CBC. Nuff said.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Fiona McLaren said...

I just wanted to let you know that Amnesty have now issued a response to this article, you can find it here:

11:39 AM  
Blogger Big Red Magnum said...

Amnesty international can also be expressed as anarchy international.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Philanthropist said...

AI are typical fascist 'progressives', all the cool kids are fascists these days, they just eschew the label

3:14 PM  

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