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Amnesty, Moazzam Begg, Gita Sahgal – Link roundup

February 12, 2010

18 March 2010 Who Speaks for Human Rights?  The Nation, D.D. Guttenplan & Maria Margaronis

14 March 2010 A critique of the Left from the Left   Action for a Progressive Pakistan, M.Tahir

05 March 2010 Amnesty Promotes Human Rights, Not Personal Views (WSJ letter and interview) Earwicga

03 March 2010 Amnesty International, Moazzam Begg and Gita Sahgal  Amnesty International Australia, Widney Brown

28 February 2010 Gita Sahgal & Widney Brown on NPR’s All Things Considered Earwicga (a version of this post was posted at Pickled Politics under the title Rejecting Gita Sahgal’s McCarthyism)

22 February 2010 Irene Khan on Gita Sahgal, Amnesty & Poverty  BBC Woman’s Hour  Earwicga

21 February 2010 Gita Sahgal talks about human wrongs  DNA India, Sumit Chakraberty

21 February 2010 Salman Rushdie: Morally bankrupt Earwicga

21 February 2010 An unwarranted attack on Moazzam Begg and Amnesty International  The Observer

21 February 2010 Is that all there is?  Earwicga

20 February 2010 A Homage To The Sunday Times’ Richard Kerbaj  Random Blowe

20 February 2010 It’s Very Human To Disagree  Outlook India, Neelima Shah (online 20/02/10, paper magazine 01/03/10)

19 February 2010  Gita Sahgal & Amnesty’s Claudio Cordone on CBC’s The Current (with transcript)  Earwicga

19 February 2010 Confessions of a dangerous mindbender; Part 2 of a post on Christopher’s criticisms of Amnesty International  Christopher Hitchens Watch, Greywolf

18 February 2010 Wonderland  Hatred and Another Agenda:  A Response by Moazzam Begg  Cageprisoners, Moazzam Begg (originally published on 18/02/10 under a different title)

17 February 2010 United Kingdom: WLUML Statement in Support of Gita Sahgal    Women Living Under Muslim Laws

17 February 2010 The Problem with Gita  Cageprisoners, Fahad Ansari

16 February 2010 What’s so unconscionable about supporting human rights?; Part 1 of a post on Christopher’s criticisms of Amnesty International  Christopher Hitchens Watch, Greywolf

15 February 2010 Sunday Times misrepresents views of Amnesty’s Sam Zarifi  Andy Worthington

15 February 2010 This campaign to undermine Amnesty is shameful  Pickled Politics, Sunny

15 February 2010 Moazzam Begg’s dignified explanation of why he is not attending Amnesty’s screening of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo”  Andy Worthington

15 February 2010  Begg’s Statement:  why he pulled out of the Amnesty event  Pickled Politics, Sunny

15 February 2010 Letter to the Sunday Times  Amnesty International Livewire Blog, Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director

14 February 2010 Amnesty International response to the Sunday Times  Amnesty International Livewire Blog, Claudio Cordone

14 February 2010 Sunday Times continues smear campaign against Moazzam Begg & Amnesty International  Earwicga

12 February 2010 Amnesty, Gita Sahgal, Moazzam Begg and why they’re all wrong  Pickled Politics, Sunny

11 February 2010 Amnesty International on its work with Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners  Amnesty International USA, Claudio Cordone

11 February 2010 Widney Brown on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme with transcript  Earwicga

10 February 2010 Ex-Guantánamo man thanks Ireland  The Irish Times, Jamie Smyth

10 February 2010 Gita Sahgal on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme with transcript Earwicga

10 February 2010 Statement from Southall Black Sisters & Women Against Fundamentalism  Earwicga (It is not possible to link to a specific  post on Southall Black Sisters website, hence the link to the statement here.

10 February 2010 Defending Moazzam Begg and Amnesty International  Andy Worthington

09 February 2010 Gita Sahgal & Asim Qureshi on BBC World Service’s Newshour with transcript Earwicga

08 February 2010 Troubled Water: AI, Gita Sahgal & Moazzam Begg Ten Percent, Rick B (re. Richard Kerbaj’s journalistic ethos)

08 February 2010 Cageprisoners’ response to Sunday Times attack   Cageprisoners, Moazzam Begg

07 February 2010 Gita Sahgal’s statement following her suspension by Amnesty International   Womensgrid, Gita Sahgal

07 February 2010 Human rights are for all: Response to media article  Amnesty International UK, Widney Brown (cross posted on Amnesty’s Livewire Blog)

07 February 2010  Amnesty International is ‘damaged’ by Taliban link  Sunday Times, Richard Kerbaj

04 January 2010   Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had links with London campaign group  The Times, Sean O’Neill

Please note – I shall update this post as and when new articles or posts are published that offer anythng new.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2010 14:37

    excellent and useful round-up, thanks

    There’s also a piece on Liberal Conspiracy by Conor Folery that may be worth linking.

  2. February 12, 2010 15:01

    Thanks Sunny. I’ve just read Conor Folery’s post and it is interesting, but I think contains an inaccurate assessment of Moazzam Begg. But the concludng paragraph is excellent:

    Amnesty is listened to and taken seriously at the highest and lowest levels because of its reputation as a neutral, impartial and independent organisation. It is capable of generating a deluge of letters, faxes, phone calls and emails that may save a life or stop someone from being tortured.

    Those who seek to undermine that reputation – for whatever reason – had better be clear that their own ‘higher purpose’ justifies the suffering that will go unchallenged as a result.

    This was emphasised by Bisher al-Rawi who explained in a letter to the Times how Amnesty is seen by those it seeks to protect:

    Amnesty, and what it stands for, is a torch of hope; that is how it was when I was in Guantánamo, when I received letters of support through Amnesty. In that lonely cell with nothing but emptiness to hold a photocopy of a letter or a card and read the words on it meant so much. They opened up the walls and gave me hope, and whispered to me: “You are not forgotten.”

  3. February 12, 2010 17:49

    Good timeline of key stuff.


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