Rogue’s Gallery #4 – Amnesty International


However, let us take a look at why AI is in the Rogue’s Gallery. Let us look at the Jammu & Kashmir situation as a case example. In a report by AI on the J&K situation, much of the 72 pages were focused on the violence by the state against the innocent residents, but only two lines were devoted to the Kashmiri Pandits. They have glossed over the fact that these Pandits were forced to leave their homes and the women in the families behind, and they are STILL living in difficult conditions in refugee camps many years later. They also would not report on one of the worst ethnic cleansing of the Pandits since Independence. Even then, one of the AI employees would interview a Muslim separatist (Yasin Malik comes to mind) on the J&K situation. Wait a minute… Have they interviewed a Hindu Pandit? Check this out. Former Secretary-general Claudio Cordone at that time claimed that “Defensive jihad was not antithetical to human rights, but security forces of an independent, sovereign nation should be criticized for protecting their country…”

AI is known for having suspended MEMBERS for criticizing them for having links with supporters of radical movements, like the Taliban. A particular case involves Gita Sahgal, who was the head of the Gender Unit in AI. She was suspended for pointing out AI’s link with Moazzam Begg, a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, and his organization, Cageprisoners. So, you can see that there are definitely elements of pro-Islam elements in the NGO.