13/10/2017 8 min dnipress.com #133975  français

Who is behind Amnesty International?

"Amnesty International is funded mainly by its membership and public donations. No funds are sought or accepted from governments for investigating and campaigning against human rights abuses. Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion."

This is how one of the most influential human rights organizations in the world, Amnesty International, claims. At the same time, the official financial report of the organization for 2015 indicates that the donors were such structures as the Open Society Foundation George Soros or the Ford Foundation.

The American National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which is officially funded by the US Congress as part of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) budget, was also mentioned in earlier reports for 2008-2010.

It is interesting that as the media increasingly began to talk about the involvement of Amnesty International, referring to the official articles of the organization's revenues, reports for previous years began to disappear from the Internet. Now it is difficult to find confirmation that AI once worked for the interests of NED, an organization that actively supported Arab youth movements, which later took an active part in the series of "color revolutions" in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The site of the organization itself is made in such a way that it is very difficult to find any report. On the main page you will not find the right link, only if you know the direct address or use the search. Also very indicative is the fact that now the site has no reports older than 2014.

Even for those crumbs of information that the AI secretariat presents, one can question whether the human rights organization is truly an independent entity. Since any grants involve the fulfillment of a specific technical assignment in the interests of the grantor. Take, for example, the Open Society Foundation of George Soros, a grant from this organization is aimed at supporting migrants, protecting them and saving them, and, in fact, facilitating their resettlement to Europe.

It is important to note that the structures of George Soros and Amnesty International have been working together for many years. Now information about this is not too easy find on the Amnesty website, however, this memory is still stored by the official website of the Open Society Foundations, since 2008 the foundation has provided a three-year grant to the American branch of Amnesty International. In June 2011, Amnesty International issued a report that justified the US military operation in Libya, as a result of which the Libyan government was overthrown, and the country itself was occupied and destroyed.

It was Hilary Clinton who was able to press this decision into the Foreign Affairs Committee. It is safe to say that at that time Amnesty International worked closely with US government agencies. First of all, it was the State Department that used the results of the work of the organization in Libya and then in Syria, when Amnesty International made another report that in the Syrian prison of Damascus Seydnaya were hanged 13,135 prisoners mostly "civilians" opponents of the Assad regime in 2011-2015. At the same time, the report did not provide any real evidence. The astronomical figures of the victims were the result of some arithmetic calculations based on the testimony of persons not named in the report. Given that on the basis of this report, decisions of global importance could be taken, a human rights organization could provide full information and the logic of its calculations. But, unfortunately, this was not done.

It is of fundamental importance to note the fact that from 2012 to 2013, the post of executive director of AI in the US was occupied by Susan Nossel, who previously worked as assistant to Hillary Clinton (then US Secretary of State) for international organizations. In particular, it was she who developed a resolution on "human rights violations" in Libya, Syria and Iran. Nossel is known for hers support of Pussy Riot participants and participation in the development of the first United Nations resolution on the rights of sexual minorities. In addition, Nossel is the author of the term "Smart Power”.

It's amazing how close the ideological guidelines of Amnesty International, the George Soros Foundation "Open Society" and the US State Department under Hillary Clinton. They all advocate for the rights of sexual minorities, transgender people, migrants and feminists, equally negative for the governments of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Russia, Iran, as well as a sharply negative attitude to the new US president, Donald Trump. By the way, it was George Soros who initiated protest actions in the USA in support of Hilary Clinton on the eve and after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

"On the political stage, perhaps the most prominent of many seismic events was the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. His election followed a campaign during which he frequently made deeply divisive statements marked by misogyny and xenophobia, and pledged to roll back established civil liberties and introduce policies which would be profoundly inimical to human rights." - Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, said in the foreword.

According to him, "Donald Trump's poisonous campaign rhetoric exemplifies a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics."

Amnesty International indicated In its annual report that "as early as 2017, President Trump implemented his xenophobic campaign promises and signed a decree that would prevent refugees fleeing the conflict zones from entering the United States."

Today it is almost impossible to find direct evidence that in 2008, the Amnesty International Israeli branch accepted a donation of 130,186 shekels from the State Department of the United States government. In 2009, the donation increased to 239,523 shekels. In 2010, Amnesty's Israeli branch accepted a donation from the Royal Dutch Embassy in Israel for 60,574 shekels listed as donated from a foreign political entity. In 2011, Amnesty UK accepted a grant of £842,000 (being part of a larger four year award) from the Department for International Development (DFID).

A five-year grant of around £3,850,000 will be received from January 2013 - December 2017 via the Norwegian government's contribution to the new NRK (Norwegian Telethon). A 2011 ICM Resolution found on Amnesty Australia website notes the widely held public belief that no government funds are accepted (the page disappeared, but is mentioned here). However, the resolution goes on to explain they do receive direct funding from government sources for human rights education.

This is clearly left out of the Amnesty handbook statement on funds and donations. "Fundraising of this type potentially presents challenges for Amnesty International's independence and impartiality from government,” they note. "Particularly when grant funding requires specified contract obligations. There is also a risk of a public perception that Amnesty International's independence is vulnerable or diminished when government funds are accepted. Surveys of Amnesty International supporters have shown non-acceptance of government funding is a primary reason for support.”

On top of leaving many of their supporters in the dark about acceptable government funding for "education” in their policy, Amnesty has also been accepting donations from political corporate financier interests. A memo dated November 2007 says that Amnesty will accept corporate donations only if, "there is significant benefit to Amnesty International, and there is low risk to Amnesty International's reputation.” An outline from the memo states that an Amnesty International entity with an annual income greater than £100,000 must not obtain more than 10% of its total funding from corporate relationships. In order for Amnesty to accept funds from a corporate financier, they must go through a screening. The 2007 memo states the screening consists of a list of online resources available from the International Secretariat (International Fundraising Programme). The memo explains how to use a list of useful search words for database searching. The list of useful words provided include: human rights; court; violation; corporate social responsibility. Why then has the Open Society Foundation been approved by Amnesty?

It can be confidently asserted that Amnesty International is an international mercenary who is hired by state and corporate structures to defend their economic and political interests.

And finally, George Soros is also one of the main sponsors of another well-known international human rights organization - Human Rights Watch.

Alex R.

dnipress.com

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