AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

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Amnesty states that:
We are ordinary people from around the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.1

In the UK AI are asking people to change their phone and broadband provider to the Co-Operative Phone and Broadband Services:

Support our work: Switch to the Co-Operative Phone and Broadband services and you won’t just be getting an ethically responsible supplier, they’ll also donate £20 to us.2

With this in mind let us examine AI’s commitment to protecting individuals:

In June 2007 Amnesty wrote:

Amnesty International defends access to abortion for women at risk

Amnesty International today   firmly stood by the rights of women and girls to be free from threat, force   or coercion as they exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.3

Amnesty then uses the old chestnut of “Victims of rape” as justification for abortion:

Our policy reflects our obligation of solidarity as a human rights movement with, for example, the rape survivor in Darfur who, because she is left pregnant as a result of the enemy, is further ostracised by her community.4

Further to this Amnesty campaigned, in 2007, for the legalisation of abortion in Nicaragua:

In Nicaragua, the Amnesty International delegation met with human rights organizations, medical professionals, members of the national assembly and the Minister of Health.  Despite repeated requests, the National Assembly’s Commission on Women and both President Ortega and his government’s Institute for Women refused to meet the organization to discuss the law’s impact on girl children, women and victims of rape and incest.5

Only last year (2012) Amnesty was involved in campaigning for abortion in the Dominican Republic:

23 October 2012

Dominican Republic: Parliament must decriminalize abortion

Parliamentarians in the Dominican Republic must take advantage of an ongoing debate around the current Penal Code and decriminalize abortion, Amnesty International said ahead of a vote on Wednesday.6

Hence Amnesty denies the right of every child to be born.  So much for protecting “individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.”

Let us now consider the Co-Op as an “Ethical” organisation;

In 2005 the Co-op Bank closed the account of a Christian organisation over its views on Homosexuality.  Quoting from an article by Christianity Today Online the Co-op stated:

It has come to our attention that Christian Voice is engaged in discriminatory pronouncements, based on the grounds of sexual orientation,” the letter said. “This public stance is incompatible with the position of the Co-operative bank, which publicly supports diversity, in all its forms, for our staff, customers and other stakeholders”7

Christian Voice’s “discriminatory pronouncements” brought not only a discriminatory pronouncement by the Co-op but also discriminatory action to boot.  How ethical is that?

1 http://www.amnesty.org.uk/

2 Ibid

3 http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=17378

4 Ibid

5 http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/shocking-abortion-ban-denies-life-saving-treatment-girls-women-nicaragua-20090727

6 http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/dominican-republic-parliament-must-decriminalize-abortion-2012-10-23

7 http://www.thechristianwebsite.com/gpage2.html

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