to: Board of Directors, Amnesty International USA
the undersigned, protest Amnesty International USA's decision to
portray NATO as defending women’s rights in Afghanistan. Amnesty and its
members are in no way served by supporting U.S. foreign policy or NATO
ambitions at the expense of the truth about how Afghan women and girls
are faring after more than a decade of violent occupation.
shelter ads with the slogan "NATO: Keep The Progress Going!", a letter
to the same effect signed by, among others, former Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright, and the remarks of panelists at the Shadow Summit in
Chicago seem to dovetail nicely with US State Department's
“Responsibility to Protect (R2P)” doctrine – otherwise known as
“humanitarian intervention” – as well as its newly created “Atrocity
seems quite likely that the advent of Suzanne Nossel as Amnesty's
Executive Director influenced Amnesty's change of direction. Nossel,
credited with coining the term “Smart Power,” published a 2004 Foreign Affairs
article in which she outlined the concept of the U.S. using military
power as well as other forms of “soft power,” an approach which
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at her confirmation as the
new basis of State Department policy.
influencing the direction of a prestigious international human rights
organization such as Amnesty to legitimize invading and occupying
Afghanistan be an example of soft power?
call on Amnesty board members to call for Suzanne Nossel’s resignation;
her loyalty to powerful government players can only be a hindrance to
the true work and mission of Amnesty.
this is not accomplished by July 31, 2012, we will be forced to
publicly withdraw our future support from Amnesty's programs and
campaigns until Amnesty USA removes Ms. Nossel from her position and
retracts its laudatory statements concerning the U.S. and NATO presence
benefiting women and human rights, and to urge others to do the same.
Mark D. Stansbery
Executive Committee, Veterans for Peace
Women Against Military Madness, MI
International Action Center
Columbus, Ohio Campaign for Arms Control
Marquette University Center for Peacemaking
Middle East Crisis Committee (CT)
Pittsburgh Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee
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