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December 04, 2020



It's worth noting that among the organisations that are "disappointed" with the High Court ruling are Amnesty and Liberty, who have issued a joint statement. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-international-uk-and-liberty-joint-statement-puberty-blockers?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=awareness_education&utm_content=news

I have no idea what Liberty are for these days. When they were the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) their role was clear. Now they seem to take little interest in what should be their core business. Cases such as those of Sarah Phillimore and "Miss B" opposing the police's heavy-handed approach to non-criminal "hate speech" seem to pass them by entirely.

Amnesty may or may not do good work for prisoners of conscience in places like Iran, but that looks increasingly like a fig-leaf for their obsession with a handful of pet projects. My local branch seems to have been taken over by people energised by the standard set of leftie causes (Palestine, Trump &c), rather than concern about the worst human rights abuses (Uighurs, Rohingya, Yazidis...) When I was an active member at University there was an iron rule that Amnesty groups could not campaign about issues in their own countries, and we were pushing the boundaries by showing films about Northern Ireland. Nowadays Amnesty UK seems to be mostly about the UK, perhaps covering the ground that the NCCL used to. It is very sad because there is a real need for a group which does what Amnesty once did.

I've gone on a little but I hope someone will find it relevant.

Mick H

I used to contribute to Amnesty. Not any more.

Martin Adamson

Like many “charities” they have become seperated from their true purpose because their core funding comes from permanent money that has been left to them in wills. They don’t have to fundraise anymore and are not answerable to anyone.

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