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Communist Sympathies of Amnesty International ^ | Feb. 19, 2002 | Chuck Morse

Posted on 02/19/2002 10:36:58 AM PST by Chuckmorse

Communist Sympathies of Amnesty International

In his 1980 book “Inquest on an Organization Above all Suspicion: Amnesty International,” French journalist Hughes Keraly exposed the truth regarding a left-wing bias that has always swirled around Amnesty International.
His exposure of communist infiltration, while no surprise, is sad given that Amnesty has, indeed, done significant work in exposing human rights abuses around the world.
Unfortunately, their work appears to have been tainted by an agenda that magnifies and in some cases manufactures the abuses of freedom-oriented regimes while minimizing and ignoring the abuses of the regimes of the totalitarian left.
This is instructive regarding the danger of placing monitoring responsibilities into the hands of a so-called “Non-Governmental Organization” (NGO) like Amnesty International, which affiliates with the United Nations.
This affiliation, in effect, grants this un-elected and un-accountable bureaucracy an appearance of authority and legality.

Keraly, a sympathizer of Amnesty International at the time, went to Chile in 1979 to search for 10 men whom Amnesty had reported as having disappeared as a result of their opposition to the government of Gen. Agusto Pinochet.
To his astonishment, Keraly found all 10 men living openly and unmolested.
It is interesting to note that Amnesty had previously failed to investigate the activities of the Stalinist Allende regime, one of the most brutal in Latin American history.
Instead, Amnesty engaged in an unrelenting 20 year propaganda campaign against Pinochet, while he was struggling to restore democracy and prosperity to his grateful nation and while he defended his people against communist trained, armed, and supported militias as well as an influx of communist agitators from all over the world.

After making this startling discovery, Keraly proceeded to investigate Amnesty International headquarters in London where he discovered that Amnesty director Derek Roebuck was an active Communist.
In his study of thousands of files, he discovered such things as terrorists, working with Ugandan dictator Idi Amin listed as “victims of political oppression.”
At the same time, Amnesty had done nothing to investigate the torture and concentration camps of the Soviet Union, Cambodia, or Cuba.
In fact, the “human rights” group had little to say at the time regarding leftist abuses occurring in the late 1970’s.
This was a time when the world leftist behemoth was quite active in its policy of liquidation and support for international terrorism.

Amnesty International hasn’t changed it stripes much in the ensuing decades with their support of such things as the Bolshevik inspired “U.N. Declaration of Human Rights,” with its call for a transfer of capital from the productive western societies to third world dictators and its guarantee of the right to employment, a typical Stalinist idea.
Now they are championing the cause of Muslims who have experienced “discrimination” in the US since Sept. 11 and the al Quada prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Their website “In the Wake of September 11, 2001, Justice and Human Rights” is heavy with concern regarding “Upholding international human rights and humanitarian law as the US responds to the attacks” while it says nothing about the leftist Palestinian Authority and its terrorist offshoots.
As is par for the course, America is under the microscope while the politically oppressive but generally leftist Islamic world is ignored.

The vital lesson here is that un-elected bureaucracies, with outlets all over the world, cannot be trusted to investigate human rights abuses in any official capacity.
If they chose to present themselves as a private organization conducting atrocity propaganda to further the goals of the international left, which is world domination, than Amnesty International would at least be honest and acceptable as such.
The problem is when organizations such as Amnesty seek to pass themselves off as objective and even-handed while they use their quazi-public stature as a UN NGO to further an aura of authority.
This claim of authority is derived from communist sympathizers and from an international bureaucratic elite that also clearly skews left.

Chuck Morse Is a talk show host at WROL 950 AM Boston

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amnestyinternational; humanrights; ngos

1 posted on 02/19/2002 10:36:58 AM PST by Chuckmorse
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To: Chuckmorse
Two words - Freedom House. A human-rights organization that really is non-partisan...
2 posted on 02/19/2002 10:43:18 AM PST by general_re
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To: Chuckmorse
Walter Duranty, of New York Times, won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for his series of dispatches on Russia especially the working out of the Five Year Plan of Joseph Stalin, while all the time covering up the millions that were starved to death in the Ukraine.

The spirit of the "Evil Left" still lives on in Amnesty International.

The AG should put AI on the list of Terrorist Organizations.

3 posted on 02/19/2002 11:10:35 AM PST by elbucko
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To: Chuckmorse
Unfortunately, their work appears to have been tainted by an agenda that magnifies and in some cases manufactures the abuses of freedom-oriented regimes while minimizing and ignoring the abuses of the regimes of the totalitarian left.

maybe its because no-one needs to point out that totalitarian regimes do bad things but someone needs to point out the wrongdoings of supposedly freedom-oriented regimes?

4 posted on 02/19/2002 11:27:33 AM PST by gfactor
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To: Chuckmorse
The Communists, along with sympathetic socialists and various nihilist-derivatives, have manufactured a whole set of organizations to wage cultural war against capitalism and freedom. AI is one of their more successful efforts. The expose of these subversives is most important. Cutting off the funding of this organization by idiot-liberal one-world nuts is crucial to defeating them.
6 posted on 02/19/2002 1:10:39 PM PST by Faraday
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To: Chuckmorse
Amnesty international is nothing but a bunch of meddlers,have no legal authority and should consistantly be denied access to anything.
7 posted on 02/19/2002 1:41:34 PM PST by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: Chuckmorse
Many groups such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace, PETA, the NEA and NOW have fallen under the control of their "lunatic fringe" factions. Usually these factions are left leaning.

While most of the groups have a basic cause that is palatable to the majority of the populance, i.e. be nice to animals, freedom and justice for all, the fringe groups within them overwhelm the rank-and-file because of the energy and resources they expend to further their specific agenda. The moderate rank-and -file members then leave or become mute due to their perceived disenfrancaisment and allow the takeover to happen.

The best way to oppose this, is to use the tactics of the left. Join the groups then dissent at every opportunity. Hold these groups accountable in public forums such as newspapers, TV "comsumer activist" programs wherever. It worked for them why can't is work for conservatives?

If you say it can't be done, look at what happened to the Red Cross. They were untouchable until the truth came out.

8 posted on 02/19/2002 2:17:07 PM PST by pfflier
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Amnesty are taking out full-page advertisements in the national press here (Ireland) proclaiming how racist we are and how we abuse the black immigrant population here. This has gone down so badly that amnesty postponed their annual flag.

Amnesty is at the forefront of promoting racial disharmony and ensures that the new black immigrant population will grow up to hate the white man.

10 posted on 02/20/2002 12:23:38 AM PST by Colosis
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To: analog
I don't have the time to find the advertisement and post it but I've seen it. It was a full page advertisement in the 'Examiner' newspaper on the 11th or 12th of this month. It shows a large picture of an African woman with the caption “She comes from a place where she is abused and [some term I can’t remember] – Cork”. Cork is a county on the south-west of Ireland.

This is an insult to a whole section of people who are wrongly accused of active racism and the people there (except the liberals, of course) are very angry at the way amnesty protrays them. As I said before, amnesty and other NGO’s have convinced most of the immigrant population that racism is at the heart of Irish attitudes, and that all their problems are due to racism. You can’t say ‘boo’ to a goose here without being called racist, so no informed debate takes place. Ahhhhh, ignorant bliss….

13 posted on 02/20/2002 4:23:32 AM PST by Colosis
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15 posted on 02/27/2002 11:10:53 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Chuckmorse

This article is slightly misleading. We’ll call it carelessness rather than accuse the author of disingenuousness. Derek Roebuck was never director of Amnesty. He was head of research for a bit, but never director. He was a communist though, and he had major rows with other Amnesty employees because of it. It was, in fact, the reason he left Amnesty. The UN Declaration of Human Rights was drafted mainly by Brits and Yanks, and it very much reflects Western values. It has next to nothing to do with “Stalinist” ideals. Only a numpty could suggest otherwise. I have this argument a lot with people who like to run down the European Convention on Human Rights (via the English Human Rights Act 1998). When it comes down to it they can never, and I mean NEVER, cite a right in the Convention they disagree with. Ah, what’s the point....

16 posted on 11/19/2008 3:51:55 PM PST by numptydetector
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