UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR COALITION (UNAC)
Statement Condemning Amnesty International
Campaigns in Support of U.S./NATO Wars
UNAC urges antiwar and community activists across the U.S. to condemn a sharp change in the direction and character of the campaigns of Amnesty International USA, especially since the hiring in January, 2012 of Suzanne Nossel as Executive Director. Nossel is a former State Department official and aide to former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrook. She coined the term “Smart Power,” which embraces the United States ’ use of military power as well as other forms of “soft power,” an approach which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at her confirmation as the new basis of State Department policy.
Amnesty International has been well-known for its and its
support for human rights and its campaigns to free political prisoners around
the world. However, Amnesty
International USA’s top two campaigns at the moment openly support
During the NATO summit and at the same time as the
international rally and march to protest NATO, Amnesty
International launched a campaign at a public meeting, headed by former
Secretary of State Madeline Albright, for Human Rights for Women and Girls
in Afghanistan with the slogan “NATO: Keep the Progress Going”.
Following an avalanche of negative feedback, they dropped the slogan as a
“mistake”, but their pro-war campaign continues. Madeline Albright is a
war criminal, notorious for her televised response that the death of half a
million children in
UNAC stands with the courageous Afghan women like former Parliamentarian Malalai Joya
who said, “We have many problems in
Amnesty’s latest campaign, is
In opposition to these two Amnesty International USA campaigns:
expresses our sincere disappointment to see Amnesty International USA campaigns
become a propaganda extension of
· UNAC condemns
the Amnesty International “NATO Keep the Progress Going” campaign and the dishonest
formulation of their campaign for Human Rights for Women and Girls in
· UNAC expresses our strongest criticism towards Amnesty International’s decision to directly provide support and encouragement to a racist NATO campaign under the leadership of the war criminal Madeline Albright.
· UNAC decries any “human rights” campaign that assumes that a military occupying force is a necessary prerequisite for peace and justice to any member of society.
UNAC demands that Amnesty International USA’s Board of Directors reaffirm its human rights mission and publicly disassociate from the policies and campaigns which support U.S./NATO war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity.
UNAC demands that AI USA revoke the employment of Suzanne Nossel and other officials and Board Members who support the current pro-war policy.
Link to article by Ann Wright and Coleen Rowley: http://consortiumnews.com/2012/06/18/amnestys-shilling-for-us-wars/