Bush & Co. Intensify Their Attempts to Discredit Amnesty International

By Zunes, Stephen | CCPA Monitor, September 2005 | Go to article overview

Bush & Co. Intensify Their Attempts to Discredit Amnesty International


Zunes, Stephen, CCPA Monitor


The Bush administration, in a concerted effort to discredit independent human rights advocates, have been engaging in a series of attacks against Amnesty International, the world's largest human rights organization and winner of the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize.

Amnesty International has received support from millions of people because of its steadfast defense of civil and political rights against repressive governments regardless of any regime's ideology, economic system, or strategic alliances. Avoiding politics, Amnesty provides regular reports on the human rights situation in every country in the world based on objective criteria, and focuses its advocacy on campaigns to free unjustly held prisoners. Such credible reporting and advocacy to advance the cause of human rights does not sit well with the U.S. government, which has long been the world's No. 1 military and financial supporter of autocratic regimes and whose armed forces in recent years have engaged in widespread torture and abuse of prisoners, extrajudicial killings, and other violations of international humanitarian laws.

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