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Reinstate Gita Sahgal now! March 12, 2010

Posted by amnestyhaslostitsway in Eric Lee.

I am submitting the following Emergency Resolution to the Amnesty International UK Section AGM next month.  If  you support this, please scroll to the bottom to see what I need you to do.

In February 2010, Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnesty International,  was suspended after she “accused the charity of putting the human rights of Al-Qaeda terror suspects above those of their victims,” according to The Times. Sahgal was said to  believe “that collaborating with Moazzam Begg, a former British inmate at Guantanamo Bay, ‘fundamentally damages’ the organisation’s reputation. In an email sent to Amnesty’s top bosses, she suggests the charity has mistakenly allied itself with Begg and his ‘jihadi’ group, Cageprisoners, out of fear of being branded racist and Islamophobic. Sahgal describes Begg as ‘Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban’.”

It is unacceptable that Amnesty International which exists to promote and defend human rights, both allies itself with those who would deny those rights (the Taliban and its defenders) and would attempt to suppress criticism.  In suspending Gita Sahgal, Amnesty has brought itself into disrepute.

Following the suspension, Gita Sahgal was asked in a radio interview if she hopes to return to work at Amnesty.  “I had a flourishing career,” she said.  “I love my job. But I don’t feel safe at Amnesty International when it has thrown a protective cover around Moazzam Begg.”

This AGM instructs Amnesty International’s UK Section to call upon the International Secretariat to reinstate Gita Sahgal to her post as head of the Gender Unit.

I need Amnesty Members who support it to second the motion. Please print out the text of the emergency resolution above, write that you second this resolution, sign it,  and  send this with your full name and postal address to Eric Lee, 4 Alexandra Park Road, London N10 2AA.



1. Adele Winston - March 14, 2010

I gave up membership of Amnesty last year, having been a member since it started. They had a precise remit – political prisoners – but recently have totally lost their way and are no longer respectable.

2. mostly harmless - March 17, 2010

And I joined last year 🙂

3. Gilbert Hall - March 17, 2010

I find myself agreeing with you for the second time in three days. I’m printing out a note seconding your motion as you request. Thank you for taking this issue up.

I have had serious concerns for a few years now that Amnesty is turning in to a biased left wing pressure group with some good arguments, some bad arguments and no moral authority.

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