Amnesty must protect conscience rights

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Amnesty must protect conscience rights

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Amnesty must protect conscience rights

Amnesty International has moved a long way from their original core mission to protect prisoners of conscience.

Instead of protecting those persecuted for upholding their beliefs, Amnesty has become the persecutors.

Colm O’Gorman, CEO of Amnesty International in Ireland has put the organisation's name to an open letter calling on politicians to strip political representation from people with critical views on transgenderism and gender ideology. The letter, published in the Gay Community News, calls anyone who has scepticism about the wisdom of allowing children to transition or the process of self-identification, “bigoted” and “aligned with far-right ideology”, even though many of the most prominent critics are feminists and/or themselves members of the LGBT community.

Stripping citizens of political representation is in breach of the provisions of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and as the gender-critical movement is predominantly female, it would also potentially breach the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Iseult White who is the granddaughter of one of Amnesty International’s co-founders, Sean McBride, has also condemned this letter, describing the attempt to remove political representation from people of conscience as a "chilling move." 

Colm O’Gorman’s response to the criticism has been to double down and resort to further insults, stating that he is proud Amnesty has signed the letter.

This is not the first time Amnesty International in Ireland has been embroiled in controversy - in 2017 they were forced to return a large donation from a foreign organisation, George Soros’ Open Society Foundation designed to  fund the Repeal Campaign, as this was in breach of the law. They have also taken a political position by signalling their support for the legalisation of prostitution - an industry which exploits and commodifies women.

Sign the petition calling for Amnesty International to distance themselves from and condemn the sentiments expressed in this letter and for Colm O’Gorman to issue an apology, or otherwise resign.
 


 Resources:

https://gript.ie/amnesty-nwci-call-for-women-lgb-groups-who-disagree-with-them-to-be-stripped-of-political-representation/

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/11/30/amnesty-joins-the-mccarthyite-mob/

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/amnesty-and-freedom-of-conscience-1.4419263

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Amnesty are becoming the oppressors

Petition to:  Julie Verhaar, Acting Secretary-General of Amnesty International and the Board of Amnesty Ireland


I am writing to protest about the open letter signed by Colm O’Gorman, CEO of Amnesty International calling for political representation to be stripped from those who hold views critical of transgenderism and gender ideology.

This is a total betrayal of everything that the founders of Amnesty International stood for - your organisation has previously been concerned with standing up for those who are marginalised and persecuted on account of their beliefs. That you would wish to join forces with oppressors and strip people from holding public office and the opportunity to participate in politics because of their deeply-held convictions, is staggering.

The debate surrounding transgenderism may be febrile, but those who are concerned about the physical and emotional consequences of affirmative medical care, especially on children, are not bigots wishing to cause harm. Women who are protesting against the introduction of biological males into female prisons, refuges and changing rooms and into women’s sporting teams are not doing so out of a wish to trample on the rights of others, but rather to protect the safety, dignity and privacy of their sisters.

Amnesty’s expressed desire to politically silence others for unacceptable opinions not only makes a mockery of your organisation but also breaches the provisions of several major international treaties on human rights, including the UN Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and also potentially the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Amnesty has already alienated a large chunk of its previous supporter base thanks to espousing popular liberal progressive causes with its advocacy for abortion, LGBT ideology and support for decriminalisaton of prostitution.

I am therefore calling on you to make a public statement distancing your organisation from Colm O’Gorman’s remarks and re-affirm  the rights of everyone to participate in politics irrespective of their views. I also ask that Mr O’Gorman should apologise or be removed from his position. 

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Amnesty must protect conscience rights

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