Controversy at Amnesty
08 Feb 2010

Martin Bright points us to the story of Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnesty International’s international secretariat. Saghal raised concerns about Amnesty’s link to to Moazzem Begg of Cageprisoners, an organisation she feels carries a religious right agenda anathema to Amnesty’s.

In an email to her colleagues at Amnesty on January 30 she wrote:
“I believe the campaign fundamentally damages Amnesty International’s integrity and, more importantly, constitutes a threat to human rights. To be appearing on platforms with Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban, whom we treat as a human rights defender, is a gross error of judgment.”

Saghal has now been suspended, pending an internal investigation by Amnesty.

You can read her statement here.

You can read Amnesty’s statement here.

In an interesting twist, Begg is now threatening to refer the Sunday Times journalist who originally wrote about Saghal’s concerns, to the Press Complaints Commission.

More to follow as the story develops.

Padraig Reidy

2 responses to “Controversy at Amnesty”

  1. Karl Pfeifer says:

    The Sunday Times
    February 14, 2010
    Second Amnesty chief attacks Islamist links

  2. stroppbird says:

    Islamaphobia Watch have weighed in, with the analysis that WAF are nutty and Gita a crank !

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