Hodjanernes Blog

13 april 2010

Amnesty har kvalt sin egen samvittighets stille, lille stemme

Seniorleder Gita Sahgal slutter i Amnesty International, etter at den stadig mer politiserte menneskerettighetsorganisasjonen suspenderte henne i februar som følge av hennes kritiske holdning til organisasjonens allianse med Storbritannias mest kjente Taliban-supporter, Moazzam Begg, og hans gruppe Cageprisoners.

Begg ble holdt på Guantanamo i tre år frem til 2005, mistenkt for al Qaida-forbindelser, og blir nå fremstilt som en menneskerettighetsforkjemper av Amnestys ledelse.

Gita Sahgal – som er ekspert på religiøs fundamentalisme og har jobbet med menneskerettigheter i 30 år – er imidlertid av den oppfatning at Begg og Cageprisoners aktivt fremmer radikale islamske ideer og individer. Sahgal mener derfor at Amnesty ødelegger sitt eget rykte som menneskerettighetsforkjemper ved å assosiere seg selv med mennesker som Begg og hans gruppe.

Men bare timer etter at Sahgal offentlig kalte Amnestys forbindelser til den tidligere Guantanamo-innsatte Begg for en “seriøs feilvurdering”, ble hun suspendert fra sin stilling som leder for menneskerettighetsorganisasjonens avdeling for kjønnsspørsmål. Fredag 9. april valgte hun å avslutte sitt arbeid i Amnesty.

Mere på Dokument.no

Vi oppfordrer samtlige lesere til å besøke – og videresende lenken til – nettsiden Human Rights for all og å skrive under på kampanjen Global Petition to Amnesty International: Restoring the Integrity of Human Rights. Det er også mulig til å melde seg inn i Nick Cohens Facebook-gruppe Amnesty International You Bloody Hypocrites Reinstate Gita Sahgal. Begge nettsidene inneholder lenker til aktuelle artikler og pressemeldinger om Amnesty Internationals politisering og påfølgende uakseptable holdning til radikal islam og voldelig jihad.

9 marts 2006

Nye oplysninger tegner dystert billede af Guantanamo

DR skriver:

Det er tale om 5000 sider uredigerede referater fra de høringer, der skal fastslå om fangerne er fjendtlige kombatanter eller ej. Alle fortrolige oplysninger er sorteret fra. Men dokumenterne bidrager til det stadigt mere nuancerede billede, der bliver tegnet af fangelejren. Og de bidrager til det voksende pres på USA for at lukke lejren.

Mere fra Ablutions gennemlæsning af sagerne:

testimony of this individual, one Abdul Hakim Bukhary (set 3, page 60). Perhaps it doesn’t fit the picture of Guantanamo that the likes of Mr. Sutcliffe and his employers (whether at the BBC or the Indy) wish to convey:

“Prisoners here are in paradise. American people are very good. Really. They give us three meals, juice, fruit and everything! My God! Here they [i.e. the Arab detainees] bother me everyday, every time. Now about 30 months to this day, they bother me. They call me a hypocrite. They call me a spy. You have to say, ‘thank God!’ I thank you for America! If you are in a Taliban prison, they do not treat you well. Here we are in paradise. It is 100% paradise. Yes, really. Thank you!”

Another admitted Taliban fighter, Mohammed Yacob, shares Mr. Bukhary’s positive feelings towards his captors (set 2, page 55):

I’m very happy with the Americans. I don’t blame the Americans for capturing me. I blame someone who reported me; I got captured because of him.”

The Daily Ablution 

Man må jo heller ikke glemme at:

This is al-Qa’eda Rule 18: ‘You must claim you were tortured’

Feroz Abbasi, Martin Mubanga, Moazzam Begg and Richard Belmar finally arrived back in Britain last week after their three-year imprisonment in Guantanamo, to near-universal acclaim and sympathy. Their lawyers insist that they are totally innocent of any involvement in terrorism. The men themselves say that they have been tortured, and that the admissions made by three of them – that they had been recruited by al-Qa’eda , and undergone training in terrorist camps in Afghanistan – are completely false

The horrors of what undoubtedly took place in Abu Ghraib, the prison in Iraq, have convinced many people that the Americans must also have administered hideous tortures to everyone they imprisoned at Guantanamo. In fact it is not at all clear that the Americans have tortured anyone in Guantanamo. Some of the “sexual tortures” – women interrogators rubbing their breasts against the backs of those being questioned – sound, to Western ears, too close to the comfy chair of Monty Python’s Spanish Inquistion to be taken seriously. Surprisingly, perhaps, the US army authorities took them very seriously: they dismissed for “inappropriate conduct” a female interrogator who was found to have run her fingers through one detainee’s hair and sat on his lap during an interrogation.

The detainees in Guantanamo were certainly humiliated and made to feel extremely uncomfortable. They may have been deprived of light and sleep and forced to stand for long periods. But did it constitute torture? The US Department of Defence insists that none of the Britons even alleged they had been tortured or abused until October last year – and that when US officials investigated those claims, they not only found they had no foundation, but that one of the Britons had assaulted one of his interrogators.

The men’s claim that they were tortured at Guantanamo should also be set in the context of the al-Qa’eda training manual discovered during a raid in Manchester a couple of years ago. Lesson 18 of that manual, whose authenticity has not been questioned, emphatically states, under the heading “Prison and Detention Centres”, that, when arrested, members of al-Qa’eda “must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security investigators. [They must] complain to the court of mistreatment while in prison”. That is not, of course, proof that the Britons were not tortured in Guantanamo. But it ought to encourage some doubts about uncritically accepting that they were – which seems to be the attitude adopted by most of the media.

Telegraph