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Self Description

November 2002: "Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote internationally recognized human rights....Amnesty International has more than a million members and supporters in over 140 countries and territories. Amnesty International is impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion or religious creed. Our work is financed largely by subscriptions and donations from our worldwide membership."

Third-Party Descriptions

August 2013: 'Widney Brown, Amnesty International's senior director of international law and policy, said: "It is utterly improbable that David Michael Miranda, a Brazilian national transiting through London, was detained at random, given the role his partner has played in revealing the truth about the unlawful nature of NSA surveillance.'

November 2012: "Bahraini authorities imposed a ban late last month on public protests, saying it was necessary to rein in violence. But Amnesty International said the move breached people's right to free speech."

August 2012: 'Amnesty International condemned the sentences [of Pussy Riot--Ed.], which a spokeswoman said showed “that the Russian authorities will stop at no end to suppress dissent and stifle civil society.”'

February 2012: 'While many governments repress their populations and respond with violence to public demands for change, what distinguishes the Syrian case is that all the leading human rights organizations -- Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the U.N. Human Rights Council -- have unanimously characterized the policies of the Syrian regime as "crimes against humanity."'

February 2012: "Amnesty International has warned that Mr Kashgari could be executed in Saudi Arabia if he is found guilty of apostasy."

January 2011: "Amnesty International offered muted praise about Haiti’s decision to pursue a case against Mr. Duvalier, calling it a good start."

December 2010: 'Amnesty International said it had received reports from "reliable sources" that Chinese diplomats in Norway have been pressuring Chinese residents into joining anti-Nobel demonstrations when the award ceremony is held Friday.'

May 2010: 'Amnesty International condemned the Belgian law as “an attack on religious freedom,” while other critics have asserted that by prohibiting the burqa, France would impinge upon individual liberties and stigmatize Muslims, thereby aiding extremists worldwide.'

August 2009: "The ongoing dispute between Amnesty International and Taser International flared up last week, with Amnesty repeating its claim that more than 330 people have died in North America after being tased. But lawsuits against Taser alleging wrongful death have been dismissed by US courts, which have found no evidence that the weapons can kill."

July 2009: "Immigration detainees are routinely shipped to remote jails where free legal aid is unavailable, their families are not notified of their whereabouts, and they are often denied access to telephones, mail and even medical care, according to a March report by Amnesty International and several federal audits."

July 2009: 'LONDON — The human rights group Amnesty International accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of using its campaign against terrorism as a facade for “a sustained assault on human rights” and said the rest of the world had failed to hold the authorities to account for “gross violations.”'

January 2009: 'Amnesty International said it “hopes that today’s announcement [suspending Guantanamo prosecutions] is a sign that the U.S. government will reject, once and for all, the past U.S. policies that have caused so much damage to human rights and the rule of law.”'

August 2008: '"Thousands of people, including petitioners who have gone to Beijing seeking justice from the government, have been swept up in efforts to clean up the city before the games," Amnesty International said in its report issued Monday.'

July 2008: '"Lucy" and at least one other agent recorded minutes of every meeting they attended: dates for meetings of "activist" events planned by Amnesty International and the Human Rights Letter Writing Campaign; war protests in Takoma Park; and a ceremony at Johns Hopkins University to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki during World War II.'

June 2008: 'The European Parliament approved new rules Wednesday designed to standardize the dramatic differences in member countries' treatment of illegal immigrants...The human rights group Amnesty International criticized the policy, saying it does not guarantee that illegal immigrants would be returned to their home countries "in safety and dignity."'

May 2008: "PARIS — Sixty years after the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, governments in scores of countries still torture or mistreat their people, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that again urged the United States to close down the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba."

March 2008: "Mr. Thomet has been accused in the past by private groups, including Amnesty International, of arranging illegal arms transfers under a shifting portfolio of corporate names. His activities have also caused concern in Washington, where, like Mr. Bernatik, he and Evdin are on the Defense Trade Controls watch list, an American official said."

March 2008: "...Georgia Supreme Court refused Monday to allow a new trial for a man sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of a Savannah police officer, despite recantations from seven of nine witnesses who originally testified against him....Amnesty International, a human rights group that has collected more than 60,000 signatures in a petition calling for a new trial for Mr. Davis, blasted the court’s decision."

February 2008: "The report adds to a crescendo of recent complaints about human rights abuses in Mexico. In the past week, Amnesty International and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights have raised concerns about abuses allegedly committed by the military during President Felipe Calderon's 14-month campaign against drug cartels. Numerous rights groups have called for the military to end its role in that effort."

February 2008: 'Amnesty International has raised concern about the increasing violence toward women in Iraq, saying abductions, rapes and "honor killings" are on the rise.'

December 2007: "An Amnesty International report released in March said that Laotian troops had been involved in numerous attacks on the veterans and their families across northern Laos in recent years, an assessment shared by American diplomats."

November 2007: 'The Brazilian government is investigating the case of a 15-year-old girl who allegedly was raped and tortured after being put in a prison cell with 20 male inmates...."What we are seeing here is endemic," Tim Cahill of Amnesty International said.'

November 2007: "“Terrorism looks like an excuse to revive to the old system for monitoring foreigners,” said Sonoko Kawakami at Amnesty International in Japan. “We worry that the real point of these measures is just to keep foreigners out of Japan.”"

November 2007: "Amnesty International has reported that, since June 2001, more than 150 people have died in the United States after being subdued with a stun gun. The organization has called for police departments to suspend use of the devices pending study of their possible risks."

November 2007: "Alex Neve, the secretary general of Amnesty International in Canada, which has called for a suspension of Taser use, said, “There is a very good likelihood that the Taser was used well before the situation called for it.”"

October 2007: In addition, Amnesty International said another prominent activist -- Mie Mie -- had been arrested. Amesty International said one other activist was also in police custody but gave no name.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Amnesty International USA Organization May 25, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Alex Arriaga Person
Organization Executive (past or present) Widney Brown Person Aug 19, 2013
Organization Executive (past or present) Curt Goering Person May 7, 2006
Supporter of (past or present) Juan E. Méndez Esq. Person Jul 14, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. William "Bill" F. Schulz Person

Articles and Resources

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Aug 18, 2013 Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act

QUOTE: "This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process," Greenwald said. "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere."

Guardian Unlimited
Mar 08, 2013 Skype's Been Hijacked in China, and Microsoft Is O.K. With It

QUOTE: a conflict between Microsoft’s advocacy of privacy rights and its role in surveillance....When Internet users in China try to access, they’re diverted to the TOM-Skype site. While the Chinese version bears the blue Skype logo—and provides services for online phone calls and text chats—it’s a modified version of the program found elsewhere in the world. The surveillance feature in TOM-Skype conducts the monitoring directly on a user’s computer...

Nov 07, 2012 Bahrain strips Shiite activists of citizenship amid unrest

QUOTE: Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of 31 Shiite activists, the latest clampdown on the opposition amid continued unrest in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 17, 2012 Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail

QUOTE: Three young women who staged an anti-Putin stunt in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral, and whose jailing became a cause célèbre championed by artists around the world, were convicted of hooliganism on Friday and sentenced to two years in a penal colony. In the most high-profile rights case here in years, the imprisonment and trial of the women, members of a punk band called Pussy Riot, drew worldwide condemnation of constraints on political speech in Russia.

New York Times
Feb 23, 2012 World shouldn't stay silent in face of Syrian regime's brutality

QUOTE: The very fact that an indigenous internal struggle for democracy could emerge in one of the worst police states in the Arab world and be sustained for so long is both mind-boggling and inspiring. The heroic struggle in Syria today represents the best of the human spirit. It is fundamentally about the most basic political value we take for granted in the West, the right of a people to self-determination.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 12, 2012 Malaysia deports Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari

QUOTE: Malaysian authorities have deported a Saudi journalist accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a tweet. Police confirmed to the BBC that Hamza Kashgari was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday despite protests from human rights groups.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
May 04, 2011 North Korean Prison Camps Massive and Growing

QUOTE: Former inmates at the political labor camp... said they were frequently tortured and had been forced to watch the executions of fellow prisoners... the North’s network of political prisons is estimated to hold 200,000 inmates.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2011 Boot camp in Malaysia for effeminate boys slammed

QUOTE: An education department in one Malaysian state is sending effeminate boys to a boot camp to change their behavior… Donna Guest, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific program at Amnesty International, deplored the action, which "feeds into gender stereotyping and homophobia."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 30, 2011 Philippines Says China Executes Three Filipinos

QUOTE: “This is a sad day for this country and we are afraid for the other Filipinos who are also on death row who have been neglected by the government,” Garry Martinez, chairman of Migrante International... More than 200 Filipinos are being held in Chinese prisons, 72 of them on death row for drug trafficking. Amnesty International... said China executed more people in 2010 than any other country.

New York Times
Jan 18, 2011 Former Haitian Dictator to Face Charges

QUOTE: The charges filed on Tuesday seemed to be a modest list for a man who is widely blamed for one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history — and whose government has been accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering thousands of political opponents. But the case against Mr. Duvalier represents a bold step by a country with a long history of impunity, and one where leaders have rarely faced prosecution.

New York Times
Dec 10, 2010 Chinese dissident awarded Nobel Peace Prize

QUOTE: hina has responded furiously since the Nobel committee announced on October 8 that Liu Xiaobo would be its peace prize winner. Officials have repeatedly called Liu a common criminal and declared the award a Western plot against China....While Chinese officials have said the prize represents a Western perspective, Jagland said, human rights activists in China "represent the world's common values and standards."

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 04, 2010 Tearing Away the Veil

QUOTE: Through a legal ban, French parliamentarians want to uphold a principle that should apply to all: the visibility of the face in the public sphere, which is essential to our security and is a condition for living together. A few extremists are contesting this obvious fact by using our democratic liberties as an instrument against democracy. We have to tell them no.

New York Times
Nov 29, 2009 Swiss Ban Building of Minarets on Mosques

QUOTE: In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the country’s reputation for religious tolerance, the Swiss on Sunday overwhelmingly imposed a national ban on the construction of minarets...

New York Times
Nov 12, 2009 Ill Will Grows in a Former Colonial Region (Memo From Africa)

QUOTE: It is not a good time to be French in Francophone Africa, except if you are a high official from Paris privately visiting a strongman’s palace. As democracy slips in country after country in the region, France often quietly sides, once again, with the once-and-future autocrats.

New York Times
Sep 28, 2009 Supreme Court to consider juvenile 'lifers:' Does life without parole for minors who didn't kill constitute cruel and unusual punishment?

QUOTE: At issue [in a future Supreme Court case] is whether it is cruel and unusual punishment to imprison a minor until he or she dies when the crime does not involve murder.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 29, 2009 Long-range Taser reignites safety debate

QUOTE: THE manufacturer of the Taser stun gun is sparking new controversy with the commercial launch of a long-range version that can be fired from a 12-bore shotgun.

New Scientist
Aug 10, 2009 Rights group criticizes Saudi Arabia's Al Qaeda reeducation program: The vaunted program is supposed to convince militants that Al Qaeda's ideology is un-Islamic. But Human Rights Watch says it violates international law.

QUOTE: Saudi Arabia's much praised rehabilitation program for terror suspects is under fire from the US-based Human Rights Watch because its participants are detained for lengthy periods without charges.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 28, 2009 Call to reverse Nicaragua's abortion ban

QUOTE: The human rights group [Amnesty International] argues that banning so-called therapeutic abortions - undertaken in order to preserve the health of the mother - not only endangers lives but also puts medical professionals in an "unconscionable" position.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jul 27, 2009 U.S. citizens wrongly detained, deported by ICE

QUOTE: [ Hector] Veloz is one of hundreds of U.S. citizens who have landed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and struggled to prove they don't belong there, according to advocacy groups and legal scholars, who have tracked such cases around the country. Some citizens have been deported.

San Francisco Chronicle
Jul 22, 2009 Rights Group Accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘Gross’ Abuses

QUOTE: The human rights group Amnesty International accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of using its campaign against terrorism as a facade for “a sustained assault on human rights...”

New York Times

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