You may remember the storm of controversy over bus shelter ads posted by Amnesty International-USA during the NATO summit in Chicago last summer: Amnesty's Shilling for US Wars by Coleen Rowley and Ann Wright presented the problem with the claim that Afghan women and girls have seen "progress" under a decade of NATO occupation, and more generally that war for humanitarian reasons is not an oxymoron.
|Ads run by AI-USA under Suzanne Nossel's leadership, June 2012, Chicago.|
AI-USA received a demand in July signed by many of its own members and by concerned activists that they ask Nossel to step down.
CODEPINK co-director Rae Abileah and NYC local coordinator Cristina Castro protested outside AI-USA's board meeting in Manhattan, helping to educate directors who were arriving for the meeting.
|Nossel resigned recently, effective Jan. 11, 2013|
Which revolving door back into government will Nossel emerge from? Will she be on hand to help with "humanitarian(sic) intervention" in Syria perhaps? Some think her ambition is to replace Susan Rice as heiress apparent to Hillary Clinton's job. No matter where Nossel lands, AI-USA is better off without her. Here's their board chair's letter announcing her resignation:
Message from Shahram Hashemi, AIUSA Board Chair
AIUSA today announced that Executive Director Suzanne Nossel has tendered her resignation effective January 11, 2013. We are grateful to Suzanne for her dedication and efforts to strengthen AIUSA's wide ranging efforts and initiatives. We know her long-term focus on achieving human rights will continue and we wish her well in her future endeavors. AIUSA's strong senior leadership team ensures that the organization continues to move ahead to implement the new Strategy and Business Plan and is ready at all times to initiate critical human rights activities. Our staff, volunteer leaders, members and our global movement are our core assets in the continual effort to protect individuals at risk and keep human rights at the forefront of national and international issues.
Transitions in leadership can be difficult, but we’re committed to moving forward quickly. First, we will immediately begin an executive search process. Second, we have a plan in place: AIUSA is fortunate that the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Stacey Bain and the Chief Advocacy Officer, Frank Jannuzi have agreed to act as interim directors as we work through this process.
The strength of AIUSA and the AI movement comes from a potent mix of our tireless members, expert volunteers, generous supporters and professional staff. Thank you all for your hard work over this past year and in the challenging months ahead. Together we will move Amnesty another step closer to securing human rights for all people.
Thank you very much,
Shahram Hashemi Chair, Board of Directors at Amnesty International USA
Meanwhile, look for more justifications for war on the grounds of human rights from the hypocritical and rapacious U.S. empire. And find your own facts about how women and girls are faring in Afghanistan with NATO there to "protect" them.
|Source: the excellent Afghan Women's Writing Project: Telling One's Story Is A Human Right|