Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Other People's Dissent

Convoluted Petition to Overturn Obvious Left-wing Human Rights Hypocrisy

The ever present Amnesty International, a global left-wing human rights group, fired, without any irony of shutting out dissent that Amnesty International apparently opposes, Gita Sahgal for expressing her views about Amnesty International working hand in glove with Islamic fundamental organizations. While we have noticed the global liberals and progressives support for non-liberal Islamic organizations for years, apparently some in the human rights community itself haven't noticed.

Three brave souls from the subcontinent, Messes Dr. Amrita Chhachhi, Sara Hossain, and Sunila Abeysekera, wrote a bafflingly muddled petition to Amnesty International to reconsider their anti-dissent act:
As organisations and individuals who stand for and support the universality of human rights, we have noted with concern the suspension of Gita Sahgal, Head of the Gender Unit at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, for questioning Amnesty International’s partnership with individuals whose politics towards the Taliban are ambiguous.

That is just the first paragraph. It's downhill from there! Beyond the customary bashing of US/NATO's war on terror in Afghanistan (no mention of Iraq means Iraqis are finally free of Saddam's tyranny, no thanks to human rights groups), they don't really say why Amnesty International is wrong. Even worst, they do not even provide a defense of right to dissent without retaliation, which Amnesty International takes it upon itself to publish reports on, nor do they even mention the word “dissent” in their petition. Apparently the non-fighting words didn't bother the more than 300 people who already signed the petition.

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