Amnesty International – Successes?

Where is Amnesty International? Are their success stories, too little, too late? Have their accomplishments dwindled as their banknotes rise?  With so much horror in the world why are they silent from the media?

With operating revenue of $38 million as of 2014, accomplishments seem slim, talk big, and an ongoing desire for ‘volunteers’ growing. When viewing the 15 biggest accomplishments of 2013, it just didn’t seem to add up to $38 million. Some pats on the back were more than a bit over reaching;

  1. Using Google earth to show human rights violations in Syria, Sudan, North Korea and Eritrea. Surely that was a few hours of computer research at best?
  2. Taking credit for the repealing of the death penalty in Maryland? In fact, when I researched Maryland’s death penalty law there was absolutely nothing mentioned of Amnesty International being instrumental, there was Kirk Bloodsworth, a convicted rapist and murderer whose death sentence was repealed after DNA evidence proved his innocence. And it was his steadfast work, his documentary film, his active efforts to reform the law that convinced then Governor, O’Malley, to change the law.
  3. They published a report on drone strikes in Pakistan. But drone strikes continue, not just in Pakistan, but Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The number dead is an estimate. The number wounded is unknown.
  4. They talk of Beatriz, an El Salvadoran woman denied medical treatment that Amnesty ‘saved’? The treatment was an abortion that was denied based on the very strict law in the country. The treatment that she was ultimately allowed was a c-section to remove the infant when it was discovered he had no brain. But the active protests in El Salvador were not by Amnesty, they were by another human rights group. The group holding protests in the UK was central America Women’s Network. Where was Amnesty?
  5. A number of other accomplishments list petitions that were circulated…

All in all, while their efforts are not without good hearts, I truly fail to see that they account for $38 million in revenue to accomplish these feats. There are literally thousands upon thousands of churches across the globe that accomplish far more for far less. I imagine they would be ecstatic to have an annual budget of $38 million to defeat inhumanity.

And while their balance sheet as of December 31, 2014 shows investments totaling nearly $15 million, or roughly half it’s annual income, I’d say they are not putting their money to human right use so much as holding on to it with a death grip. In addition they have nearly $5 million in cash and over $3 million in Prepaid Expenses (an expense that you have not yet incurred but paid for – obviously a company needs a solid cash flow in order to prepay to such an extent – 9% of total annual revenue).

And while Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s current Secretary General, pockets over $300,000 in an annual salary it is the ‘other form of compensation’ that is left unanswered given the information is not transparent in it’s Financial reporting. While on the surface it barely matches Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood who routinely takes massive raises and is purported to make into $600,000 range, the ‘salary’ does not include ‘other compensation’ which is listed on US Form 990 and can be as much as the base salary. In addition, apparently charities recognize a 35 hour work week which seems a bit odd – although preferable if you are on the receiving end.

It is also worth noting that revenue nearly tripled between 2011 and 2012. Salaries nearly quadrupled and the Executive Director, Suzanne Nossel had total compensation of $473,500. Whether their executives earn the value of their compensation is subjective and debatable. But this is a charity, an organization exempt from paying taxes as a direct result of their charitable efforts, their performance. And I do not see any radical achievements in the last decade that would make this charity notable or worthy. I believe it was created with the intention and the character of worthiness, but it would seem to have slid into the decay of greed, misinformation and false accolade that has embroiled itself in scandal, misuse of funds, and an agenda that has muddied its focus.

Amnesty International Shame!

Amnesty International wants to legalize prostitution.

Who is Amnesty International? First, their stated objective is “…to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice when those rights have been abused.” But a sub-text incorporated in the reports is to push for sexual rights, including abortion. In addition there are two distinct legal entities; the organization which is an NGO, not a charity, and the Charitable Trust which funnels money to the organization.

Within the UK Charitable Trust – 60% of it’s expenditures are for ‘research’, 17% are spent to generate income, and just 17% is used to promote human rights. Their largest Donor, Comic Relief Charity, has been embroiled in their own scandals including the charge that they were investing donor contributions in tobacco, alcohol – and arms while promoting alcohol abstinence and anti-war rhetoric. Their ballooning wage cost now accounts for 76.5% of their total annual budget! As a result, the Charity decided to make it’s reports – less transparent.

Amnesty’s stated interest in legalizing prostitution is to provide health care availability for ‘sex workers’. But health care is available to everyone whether you are a prostitute or not, it’s called socialized medicine and Obamacare. Their other stated reasoning is to claim that sex is an inalienable right and making prostitution illegal infringes that right.

But how is this a “grave abuse of human right”? Who are they really trying to protect?

Founded in 1961 by Peter Bennenson, a Jewish man, he stepped down due to ill health in 1964. By 1966, Mr. Bennenson claimed Amnesty had been infiltrated by British Intelligence and asserted improper conduct by members of the executive. An investigation ensued that shattered Amnesty’s reputation. Bennenson resigned and new executives were named.

The British Newspaper, The Observer, recently made the following statement about the new Secretary General of the organization, an Indian, Salil Shetty:

…the situation caused by Shetty’s sacking of staff working on core issues such as women’s rights and the death penalty: “Amnesty was one of 20th-century Britain’s greatest gifts to the world. Now it is a wreck.”

Amnesty Internationals reputation has a history of illegal issues, and even terrorist links according to NGO-Monitor:

Despite claims that it takes NO funding from political partioes or governments, it has received funding from the UK, The European Commission, The Netherlands, Norway and the US.

Amnesty paid off two executives over 833,000 euros to leave the organization. A part of the payoff was absolute silence regarding the facts.

In 2103 they were found to be working with an organization whose co-founder, Abd al-Rahman bin ‘Umayr al-Nu’aymi (Nu’aymi), was accused of financing Al Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen,

In 2010, anti-semitic posts on it’s Facebook page, and statements made by its executive director of Finalnd’s branch were considered in violation of its ‘unbiased status’ and could be challenged as inciting hatred.

In 2012, their crisis response manager was found to be making hate statements against Jews.

In 2010, a staff member was suspended after she made allegations that Amnesty was aligned with a Taliban supporter.

In 2015, it was revealed that an amnesty campaignor was actually a leader of Islamic Jihad. Lastly, for a number of years, Amnesty has actively campaigned against Israel and the Jewish people calling for strikes, embargo’s, tribunals and radicalism.

Amnesty International is heavily funded by George Soros.

Think Progress, a George Soros blog, is pushing the legalized prostitution agenda claiming that – “sex workers and sex advocacy groups generally support the proposal, saying decriminalization or legalization is the best way to keep sex workers safe and healthy without increasing the number of trafficked women or minors involved in the sex industry.”

Think Progress sites another organization as advocating for the decriminalization, Human Rights Watch. But this organization is also funded by Soros who initially empowered it with no less than $100 million.

So, exactly what would be accomplished by the decriminalization?

Currently there is an ongoing investigation in the UK over illegal sex trafficking that dates back for decades, involves over 1400 politicians, entertainers, sports stars and the like, and estimates the number of victims in the hundreds of thousands. While the ‘investigation’ gets little press coverage, if prostitution were to suddenly become legal, what happens to the case? Would they be exonerated because prostitution is now legal?

Would sex trafficking be left to proliferate and profit as it has been shown to do in Germany since they legalized prostitution?

Bill Clinton has been named in the sex trafficking allegations charged against Epstein. If prostitution is legalized, what happens to those allegations?

If prostitution is legalized, is rape also? What happens to all the illegal and underage sex trafficking, do those boys and girls lose their right to protest their slavery? Will perpetrators, pimps and the like simply assert everything was consensual? Will the entire burgeoning industry be immune as prosecution becomes too difficult? And will children and stolen slaves be the silent victims?

Contrary to the whitewash, the illegal sex trafficking involves sex slavery, it involves underage children, and it is heinous. In the US alone, estimates put the number of children at over 300,000. Pimps generate $150,000-$200,000 per child – the younger, the more money. It’s a multi billion dollar business, and I imagine there are a lot of wealthy CEO’s, politicians, and entertainers that would love a piece of the action – physically and financially. Making it legal, gives them peace of mind. And relieves them of the hefty cost of bribery.

The US government estimates that 2-4 million people are victims of sex trafficking annually. Of those, 50% are children. Drugs are used to manipulate and confine. The average age of victims is 11-14. And lets be real. Victims are subject to HIV, drug addiction, rectal trauma, sleeping disorders, psychological disorders, fear, depression, guilt, shame, ptsd, death, threat of family harm, and the list goes on and on!

This is not the happy hooker portrayed by Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and Think Progress! This is a means of protecting the perpetrators and generating a profound increase in victims. SHAME!