A 14-year-old cadre of Red Youth wrote the following letter to his school, which has set up an Amnesty International club for the students. Our comrade exposes the sheer hypocrisy of AI and delivers a challenge to his school, peers and the local AI club to justify their peddling of imperialist war propaganda.
Dear TGS Amnesty International Club
I am writing this letter in sheer disgust at the ignorance of xxxx school’s Amnesty International club portrays.
Presentations were carried out throughout the school promoting the club and issuing out awareness material to other students. Students were intimidated into signing cards and letters expressing their support for the supposed ‘political prisoners’ locked up in certain nations across the world.
The information given to the students about the prisoners was extremely limited and biased. However, my argument is for the millions of oppressed people across the world suffering at the behest of the rich and powerful nations on whose behalf AI operates and from where it is based.
Why focus on a few individuals and then ignore all the crimes committed by these powerful states? I will be expressing points which will hopefully be answered by the group.
I have no doubt that Amnesty International contains a great number of well-meaning supporters, people with genuine compassion. It is from this standpoint that I express my outrage at the continual stream of lies, hypocrisy and war propaganda that emanates from publications and spokespersons of Amnesty International, hoodwinking its members, volunteers and the general public alike into supporting acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing and regime change throughout the world.
We all remember the horrendous war on Libya, which resulted in thousands of innocent civilians being killed, beautiful infrastructure being smashed (including the Sahara aquifers) and blown up and a secular and progressive regime being expunged.
And let’s not forget how we all witnessed the rape and lynching by mercenaries and foreign terrorists of the much-loved Leader of that country, Colonel Gaddafi, on our computers, mobiles and television screens like some kind of sadistic game that would be familiar to see on horror films like Saw and Hostel.
And which ‘human rights’ organisation really pushed for regime change in that country? Of course, Amnesty International.
Now, several months on, cases are emerging of Libyan cities and towns such as Tawergha, Bani Waled and Sirte being persecuted and violently terrorised due to the fact that the majority of people living there were black.
In one town, Tawergha, some 40,000 plus black people were force to flee in one day as they were butchered and terrorised by the rebel militias and gangs provided with Nato air cover.
On 25 February this year, a man was reported on the BBC news saying: “We had 70-80 people from Chad working for our company. They were cut dead with pruning shears and axes, attackers saying: ‘You are providing troops for Gaddafi.’ The Sudanese were also massacred. We saw it for ourselves.”
This is just one of the hundreds of cases being released, clearly showing, with great and detailed evidence, that the rebels, supported by Amnesty International, Nto, etc, were human rights abusers on a massive scale. Surely that can’t be right? A human rights defender siding with Nato, a military alliance that has killed, massacred and terrorised millions in its time, to help bring about regime change for a handful of racist thugs.
So exposed was the stance of Amnesty on the Libyan massacre that its spokesperson retracted her earlier statements about Gadaffi using foreign mercenaries to fight for him. However, this confession of course was never broadcast by the mass media, which are in the service of this same Nato war machine.
But the lies spouted at the time about the Libyan army were enough to provide the cover and false legitimacy for the Nato saturation bombing which brought the war lords and racist terrorist gangs to power and massacred thousands of Libyan troops and civilians.
You might argue that this is just one lonely example which can’t prove anything, but try telling millions of Libyans that.
Now the organisation has moved onto Syria, another target of the west. What a coincidence. Amnesty International is constantly promoting the rebels there (which have very close links to al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups) to topple another progressive, developing and secular state.
Their excuse, very much like the excuse they used in Libya, is that the President, Basher al-Assad, is a ‘dictator murdering his own people’. Is Assad just meant to let a group of local and foreign terrorists, funded and armed by real dictators in the region, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, to come and attack his people?
And if Assad was such an evil tyrant with no desire but wealth and the exploitation of his people, why would over 15 million Syrians, over 90 percent of the electorate, have voted for his new reform plans earlier this year?
The Ba’ath party in Syria heads a broad coalition of all the very many ethnic groups and confessions of the nation, defending them all against an array of extremist sunni terrorist gangs seeking succour from rich and powerful foreign nations.
Many human rights abuses are being carried out slyly right here under our noses in Britain and other western ‘democratic’ countries. Many muslim immigrants and asylum seekers, escaping from the very war zones created by western military interventions, are inhumanely harassed and molested as soon as they pass through the border crossings, on spurious claims of suspicion of terrorism or other crimes, even though most are women and young children.
They are made to live in very harsh conditions, including internment camps, insufficient for raising a family. They are given ill-paid jobs which require long hours of work for a minimum wage. They often resort to crime to survive, which lands them in jail.
Can it be just that 50 percent of the USA’s prison population is black, and that Native Americans have never been compensated for the massive genocide perpetrated against them? Can it be just that the US, the richest nation in the world, has a bigger prison population than any other country, both proportionately and absolutely?
The American penal system incarcerated over 5 million of its citizens during the 1930s and over 2.5 million today. Why were there no cards for these victims? Why are there no cards for today’s tens of millions of the descendents of tens of millions of African slaves who form the vast majority of the impoverished in the USA, and to this day have no rights to medicare and many of whom end up languishing in America’s jails?
Police brutality and oppression is a regular experience for black people in the US, as well as national minorities throughout Europe. Earlier last week, on 13 December, Chicago police killed 38-year-old Phillip Coleman, who was, according to family members and neighbours, having a nervous breakdown and behaving erratically.
Police subdued him with a taser when he was arrested and again after he arrived at Roseland hospital. He died later on that day in Roseland. Phillip Coleman’s sister, Jacqueline, told the Sun-Times: “Phillip was not treated justly, he was treated like an insect!”
This is just one example of the cruel acts the American state perpetrates on its own citizens, whilst claiming to be a father figure of democracy and freedom.
I recall that one of the cards which was given to us to sign was for a prisoner in China called Chen Guangcheng, who was locked up for being too ‘outspoken’ in his beliefs. It is now reported that he has fled to the USA with his family. Say no more.
However, my point is that even after all the evidence lying on the table, proving how the west, namely the USA and its puppets or lapdogs – including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, etc – commit the most atrocious crimes against humanity and act like ‘police of the world’, Amnesty International still points its longest finger at the People’s Republic of China for being an abuser of human rights.
But as I already explained, it is the USA that has the largest prison population in the world, both absolutely and as a percentage of its population. Where’s the card for Bradley Manning? Where’s the card for Mumia Abu Jamal? Where’s the card for Julian Assange? Where are the cards for the inmates of Guantanamo Bay? Where all the cards for the thousands of black people being imprisoned in America and being lynched in Libya as we speak by these supposed ‘freedom fighters’?
China is one of the two nations to veto a war on Syria at the UN security council. It can see how regime change there will lead to a catastrophe even greater than the one in Libya. And for this reason and others it is attacked extensively by the west, using any means necessary, including human rights organisations like Amnesty International, to pick out any molehills there and to make them into mountains.
At the Nuremburg trials after World War 2, it was made very clear that the highest crime of all was an unprovoked war waged by one country against another. For good reason, you might say. There can be no greater denial of human rights than war itself: millions are terrorised, displaced, killed violently or by secondary causes, wrongfully imprisoned, denied the means of sustenance and any security.
It is western countries that have been the main instigators and protagonists of these wars, yet all the claimed justifications for them from holding WMDs to humanitarian intervention, stopping massacres, fighting terrorism, supporting democracy, removing dictators, protecting women, fighting drugs, etc, etc have all been exposed to progressive humanity as massive lies: Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Libya, Syria, Congo are the most well known and deadly.
Where are the cards for the millions of the victims of these wars, the millions who have been denied the most basic human rights of all? To Life? To Peace? To Security? To a Home? To Food? To the very basic needs for sustaining life? Surely, if Amnesty International was a real fighter for human rights these matters would be at the top of the agenda and determine the cards we would be signing?
Instead, so as to prepare the unsuspecting public for the next criminal war, it selectively chooses only the countries to be targeted, demonising their systems so that the public at worse will turn their heads the other way after the start of the military aggression.
It is no surprise therefore that the ‘human rights’ victims highlighted by AI are those working under the auspices of western powers, selling out their countries’ independence to them. However, in the west we have no qualms about locking up and throwing away the key in those cases of betrayal to foreign countries.
As a student who researches extensively on world events trying to see society’s big picture, I cannot help but be infuriated at how openly supporters of Amnesty International operate within the school community, spreading biased propaganda and promoting ill-minded teachings, without being adequately challenged.
They ignore the fact that AI promotes a cruel system, providing it with the legitimacy required for its criminal wars, global economic inequality and for the exploitation of 99 percent of the world’s people.
Surely the largest denial of human rights is that over 2 billion people (one third of the world’s population) have to survive on less than $2 a day? As a consequence, the World Health Organisation has stated that over 5 million children below the age of 5 die every year from malnutrition alone. Where are the cards for these lost souls?
I really do hope you can come back on the points I have raised.
AC (Year 9)