No longer serious

Amnesty International has a proud and important history. Its aims are laudable. Yet in recent years it has moved well away from its traditions of strict impartiality and adopted a pronounced anti-Israel stance.
Now it has agreed to host what is, in effect, a Hamas rally in London. Amnesty claims that it is simply renting out a room. Fine: but it is free to reject such requests. It is unimaginable that it would rent a room to the BNP. Yet it chooses to do so for MEMO, a Hamas propaganda vehicle. That Amnesty seeks to defend its decision compounds its culpability. As things stand, Amnesty can no longer be taken seriously by anyone concerned with genuine human rights.

    Last updated: 11:22am, April 28 2011