Amnesty International

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Amnesty International
PurposeHuman rights advocacy (declared, sometimes)
Western imperialist propaganda (de facto)

Amnesty International is an international self-declared human rights non-profit organization. Though it has practiced legitimate human rights advocacy at times it is closely connected with Western intelligence agencies and peddles imperialist propaganda.[1]

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Prisoner of Conscience Designation[edit | edit source]

Amnesty International maintains a designation of 'prisoner of conscience'. According to Amnesty International USA states this designation is for individuals who it says are:

"... imprisoned or otherwise physically restricted (like house arrest), solely because of his/her political, religious or other conscientiously held beliefs, their ethnic origin, sex, color, language, national or social origin, economic status, birth, sexual orientation or other status, and who has not used violence or advocated violence or hatred."[2]

In practice, the designation is given to pro-imperialist figures in countries targeted by Western propaganda, with the designation denied to anti-imperialist and left wing political prisoners.[1]

Some notable people denied prisoner of conscience designation include

The first two of these were denied prisoner of conscience status due to their alleged support for violence, meaning their refusal to denounce the legitimate armed struggle against oppressive, Western-backed governments. Despite this, supporters and even perpetrators of indiscriminate violence against civilians are recognized by Amnesty International as prisoners of conscience. These include:

Support for Venezuelan Regime Change Propaganda[edit | edit source]

During the Trump administration in the United States of America, Amnesty International echoed US propaganda towards Venezuela, referencing crime while ignoring the crippling sanctions imposed by the United States which resulted in immense harm to the economy and people of Venezuela.[4]

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