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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 1970s.
This was a time when the world leftist behemoth was quite active in its policy of liquidation and support for international terrorism.
Amnesty International hasnt 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
The spirit of the "Evil Left" still lives on in Amnesty International.
The AG should put AI on the list of Terrorist Organizations.
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?
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.
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.
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 NGOs 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 cant say boo to a goose here without being called racist, so no informed debate takes place. Ahhhhh, ignorant bliss
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....
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