started off in 1961
devoted to simple human rights.
Campaigning for democrats imprisoned by dictators. That kind of thing.
Sadly, like many an organisation, they gradually got taken over by people with larger agendas.
They are one of the worst examples
They now have opinions on every topic, and many of their opinions are awful.
They have stupid and offensive leftist politics on issues to do with
the frontline Western states
- the US, UK and Israel
- and they are not trustworthy on those issues.
On other parts of the world they are fairly objective.
They are willing to criticise
and black Africans,
(Whereas many on the left won't.)
Ultimately, their good parts are too weak to compensate for their bad parts.
They have lost their way, and while I would quote their country reports for many countries,
I would not donate to them any more.
In 2002-2003, I was shocked to discover Amnesty opposing the War on Iraq to depose the democidal dictator Saddam Hussein.
I don't think it is appropriate
for a human rights organisation to be opposing a war to depose
They should stick to known human rights violations,
rather than getting involved in the political decision as to whether this war or that
against a dictator is a good idea.
The derangement of Amnesty in one image:
The most mentioned countries in Amnesty annual reports.
Israel is always no.1 or no.2.
Simplistic anti-Israel propaganda from Amnesty International.
At the time of the
2008-09 Gaza War.
I'm sorry I saw you talk such nonsense!
She says Israel has committed
"war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza."
Trying to hit Hamas rocket teams is a "crime against humanity"?
Talk about debasing the meaning of language.
The reality of the 2008-2009 Gaza war:
calls for local children to come and help him escape from a building
without being fired on from the air.
Their parents are happy for the children to be used in jihad.
The fighter leaves
using the children as human shields.
Hamas knows how decent the Israelis are.
They use that fact as a weapon of war in order to kill more Jews.
Nothing sums up the sad decline of Amnesty better than the fact that
they now claim that Jews building houses
are "war crimes".
What a pathetic organisation.
Amnesty, Nov 2019, says that Jews building houses
are "war crimes".
They absurdly say that:
"the construction & maintenance of settlements in the Occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, breaches international law & amounts to war crimes."
How far they have come since the days when they just focused on democrats imprisoned by dictators.
I sum up
the long and sad decline of Amnesty, July 2019.
From an organisation concerned about prisoners of conscience
to an organisation concerned about where Jews live.
"How can I be happy while Jews are building houses?"
- Amnesty International.
Image from here.
A "crime against humanity"
used to mean something.
It used to be a serious charge, of something like democide or genocide.
Now it just means any crime at all, real or imaginary.
just means anything leftists like Amnesty do not like.
If next week Amnesty describes Brexit as a "crime against humanity"
it would not surprise me.
For some reason, Amnesty is angry about 225,000 Jews
who it says are living "illegally" in East Jerusalem,
including in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.
Jews living in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem
makes Amnesty angry, for some reason, that says a lot about Amnesty and not about anyone else.
Amnesty officials interviewed by Times of Israel, Feb 2022.
What is extraordinary is how vague the Amnesty officials' hatred of Israel is.
They sure hate Israel, and are angry at Jews living somewhere,
but their answers as to why
they are angry
are as vague and jumbled as any students union leftist.
Amnesty are happy to partner with people who hate human rights
and support human rights abusers like the Taliban.
Amnesty sacked the head of their Gender Unit,
Gita Sahgal, in 2010
for complaining about their relationship with Moazzam Begg.
Standing up for jihadis rather than prisoners of conscience:
Amnesty, 1 Dec 2011, calls for the arrest of former U.S. President George W. Bush
for waterboarding jihadists.
As if that's a big crime.
Why don't they call for the arrest of U.S. President Barack Obama for killing jihadists without trial?
It seems agenda-driven
to call for Bush's arrest but not Obama's arrest.
Amnesty's campaign for Mohmoud Abu Rideh
(or Mahmud Abu Rideh)
illustrates why I no longer support Amnesty.
At some point, Amnesty switched from defending foreign democrats and human rights campaigners
to defending all prisoners - including
violent people who despise democracy and human rights.
The useful leftie idiots who joined the above campaign
got him freed in 2009.
In 2010, oddly enough, he was
killed fighting with the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Shame on Amnesty for defending jihadis like this
and helping them do their evil work.
was appointed in 2016 as communications director for Amnesty International.
He was formerly spokesman for the extremist Islamist
Muslim Association of Britain
from 2002 to 2007.
describes him as an Islamist.
They show a mountain of evidence of his Islamist extremism,
including support for Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
NGO Monitor on Yasmin Hussein, Amnesty International's Director of Faith and Human Rights.
They claim she
"has links to the Muslim Brotherhood and possibly to Hamas".
"Amnesty International - from bias to obsession". 200 page report on Amnesty and Israel by David Collier, Dec 2019.
"Every part of Amnesty's arsenal spends a disproportionate amount of time attacking Israel. When fused together in a coordinated manner, the focus appears obsessive and persecutory. Campaigns against Israel are visibly better funded, more frequent and promoted with far more energy - than anything else Amnesty International undertakes."
Scrutinize Amnesty International
by Gerald Steinberg, May 23, 2007,
"in 2006, Amnesty singled out Israel for condemnation of human rights
to a far greater extent than Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, Egypt,
and other chronic abusers of human rights.
During the year, Amnesty issued 48 publications critical of Israel, compared to 35 for Iran, 2 for Saudi Arabia, and only 7 for Syria."
Head of Finland branch of Amnesty International
calls Israel a "scum state", Aug 2010.
"Asked whether there are other countries aside from Israel that, according to him, meet the definition of a "scum state," Johansson did not specify any, but noted that there are "Russian officials" who meet the criteria."
Elder of Ziyon
contrasts two Amnesty reports in 2014
- on Israel (counter-jihad operations by a restrained liberal democracy)
and Syria (disgusting butcher and dictator
slaughters his own citizens).
John Connolly, 12 Mar 2014, says it seems Amnesty's heart is not in things like the Syria report:
"[The Syria report] is as dry as a Wikipedia summary, reading like something Amnesty only had to do because they were obliged. [The anti-Israel report] 'Trigger-happy', on the other hand, is an emotive call to action, somebody at Amnesty's personal crusade. 'Trigger-happy' was displayed prominently on the front page of their website for two weeks. The other was there for a day."
Amnesty's obsession with Israel:
Breakdown of tweets by official Amnesty Twitter account, July-Aug 2015.
(No, there was no war on. They just hate Israel.)
This tweet of 12 July 2015 shows why you can't trust Amnesty.
The house that the IAF attacked was a major
Hamas command and control centre
with at least six
terrorist fighters present.
But Amnesty thinks we don't need to know that.
board member of Amnesty Finland, is angry at Germany banning Hezbollah, May 2020.
This person shows why I no longer donate to Amnesty, and never will again until they get rid of everyone like this.
by John Podhoretz, on the difference between Guantanamo and a real gulag.
"Maybe the people who work at Amnesty International really do think that
the imprisonment of 600 certain or suspected terrorists is tantamount to
the imprisonment of 25 million slaves.
The case of Amnesty International proves that well-meaning people can make morality their life's work
and still be little more than moral idiots."
The Jawa Report,
on what the Soviet gulags were really like.
"For Amnesty International to stoop to the low of making such a comparison
reveals their ignorance of history
and their political bias against the United States.
Shame on you Amnesty International, I will never take your accusations seriously again."
People who were actually in the gulag
"By any standard, Guantanamo and similar American-run prisons elsewhere do not resemble,
in their conditions of detention or their scale, the concentration camp system
that was at the core of a totalitarian communist system."
describes Amnesty's gulag analogy as
November 21, 2006,
on a case where a jihadi is refusing to have a required heart procedure
done at Guantanamo because he thinks its medical facilities are inadequate.
"The poor terrorist has to get a lawyer to keep those monsters at Guantanamo
from performing life-saving surgery on him.
You see why people keep comparing Guantanamo to Nazi Germany. The parallels are eerie."
Amnesty Ireland runs a
campaign about the quality of healthcare in Ireland,
a rich western country.
Healthcare is already free in Ireland,
and accounts for
20 to 25 percent of all state spending.
Amnesty are complaining that its quality should be better
(and taxes should be higher to pay for that).
You may agree or disagree, but this is a massive divergence from Amnesty's original mission
into a general platform of left-leaning ideas that you may or may not support.
I am pro-abortion myself,
provided that the cut off point is early enough
(1st trimester or so).
However, Amnesty's decision in 2007
to take a position on this controversial topic
is perhaps the biggest example of the mission creep that has totally changed the organisation.
quite a divergence from their original mission.
Amnesty are a grab bag of leftist viewpoints, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't.
This is on the
front page of Amnesty Ireland as at Dec 2014.
If you're anti-abortion, don't join Amnesty International.
Video attacking Amnesty from anti-abortion group
I don't agree with Youth Defence.
is not the same as a
25 week old fetus.
However, this does illustrate how Amnesty are not really a charity any more.
They are a controversial political party now,
with controversial positions
that many people disagree with.
His "Activities and Interests" include
Irish Ship to Gaza,
No to English Queen in Ireland,
Communist Party of Ireland,
Nobody likes a Tory, Is Margaret Thatcher Dead Yet?,
Martin McGuinness, Martin McGuinness For President,
Robert Fisk on The Independent,
Sinn Féin shop,
Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and
He is "friends" with
loads (and I mean loads!)
of people from the human rights abusing group
(who killed nearly 2,000 people in terrorist attacks).
This is not surprising because
he is a former
prominent member of
the human rights abusing group
He was Chairperson of Dublin Sinn Féin.
He has an anti-Israel past
and is "friends" with
Freda Mullin Hughes.
He is also "friends" with
who works for the human rights abusing state of Iran
Communications Co-ordinator at Amnesty Ireland,
was formerly (as at 2007)
a prominent member of the human rights abusing group
He was Chairperson of Dublin Sinn Féin.
The above is from
Dublin Sinn Fein newsletter, 22 June 2007.
It also shows he was an anti-Israel activist.
His Facebook shows him remaining a strong supporter of Sinn Fein
after joining Amnesty.
Amnesty Ireland has no credibility with people like this speaking for it.
Just to confirm it is the same guy:
(Left) Justin Moran
of the human rights abusing group
Sinn Fein in 2007.
(Right) Justin Moran
of Amnesty Ireland as at 2012.
Martin McGuinness calls for the death penalty for "informers".
His organisation executed
hundreds of "informers"
without any evidence
or any trial,
and without defence barristers.
Justin Moran of Amnesty supported (and still supports) this organisation.
He openly supports Martin McGuinness on Facebook.
piece on China, July 16, 2009,
claims to be opposed to the death penalty.
He also claims to be in favour of the right to "a fair and open trial".
Where was the fair and open trial of
when your organisation applied the death penalty to him in 2007?
Or the hundreds of others
killed without trial?
Amnesty Ireland has no credibility with people like this speaking for it.
Justin Moran signs a
calling for a boycott of Israel.
The future spokesman for Amnesty International Ireland
calls for the ethnic cleansing of the 550,000 Jews in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
He also wants a boycott of Israel:
"The undersigned also urge all citizens of Ireland to support a boycott of all Israeli goods and services".
Justin Moran left Amnesty by 2014.
He worked for Age Action and is still on their Board of Directors.
He now works for the Irish Wind Energy Association.
He has not changed.
Here he laughs at the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson getting the coronavirus, March 2020.
No centre-right person could support Amnesty Ireland.
issues a rather self-satisfied
on 8 Dec 2012.
He tosses in a dig at Israel.
So should he be on a list?
Indeed he should.
He should be on my list of
gays who won't stand up for the state where gays are free,
in its fight for survival with states where gays are oppressed and even liquidated.
Being on that list is not something to be proud of.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Yusuf Al-Qaradawi replies.
says about homosexuals:
"The schools of thought disagree about the punishment.
Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom.
Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement."
Colm O'Gorman engages with me in
but never engages with my criticism
of Amnesty's defence of the MB, Islamists and jihadists.
Amnesty weakly argues that MB people may not be involved in MB violence.
I try in Dec 2016 to get Colm O'Gorman to engage with the fact that Ibrahim Halawa's father
said gays should be executed.
He is angry with me.
His anger with
Ibrahim Halawa's father
He is so angry with me that he "likes" this insane tweet
suggesting I am working for the Kremlin!
What the hell is wrong with him?
I have sent him the evidence of
Halawa links to the MB.
In Jan 2017, he makes it clear that he never reads any of it.
Colm O'Gorman is interested in everyone's opinions in Ireland except the Halawas.
I criticised the Halawa family one too many times
for this guy's liking.
O'Gorman called Hussein Halawa "more progressive on women's rights than a Catholic Bishop".
I pointed out that he wants gays executed.
O'Gorman blocked me.
Amnesty used to refuse to defend people linked in any way to violence.
Amnesty was a better organisation then.
This is from their
"the movement recorded that it could not give the name of 'Prisoner of Conscience' to anyone associated with violence".
They refused to defend IRA prisoners in the Troubles because they were violent.
They refused to support Mandela
because he was violent.
"Prisoner of conscience"
used to mean something different.
Amnesty Ireland uses a Muslim Brotherhood supporter in their promotional video, Dec 2017.
Ibrahim Halawa could make a huge contribution if he publicly denounced (in English and Arabic)
the Muslim Brotherhood,
Yusuf al Qaradawi, Salah Soltan, sharia law, and political Islam in general.
In the absence of that, this video merely demonstrates a moral void at the heart of Amnesty.
Colm O'Gorman appears in March 2022 at a Sinn Fein event attacking Israel.
Happy to appear at an event run by the terrorist group Sinn Fein,
he is also happy to appear on a platform with the PA dictatorship
and the PFLP linked groups
and Al Haq.
Amnesty is a sick organisation.
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Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
Twitter is broken, 2016 on:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
promised to end the censorship.
But it looks like a false dawn.
One day, we will have a better place to gather.