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'Defensive Jihad' Not Antithetical to Human Rights says Amnesty international: Shocked Rights Activists Respond

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  • Harsh Kapoor
    Human Rights For All (http://www.human-rights-for-all.org) PRESS RELEASE April 1, 2010 Amnesty International responds to the global petition and a response
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      Human Rights For All

      (http://www.human-rights-for-all.org)


      PRESS RELEASE

      April 1, 2010

      Amnesty International responds to the global petition and a response
      from the petitioners

      In a letter in response to the Global Petition to Amnesty
      International, the Secretary General of Amnesty International makes a
      shocking and incredible claim that "Defensive Jihad not antithetical
      to Human Rights". If this is the official position of the world's
      leading human rights organisation, this would gravely undermine the
      future of the human rights movment.

      The rationale and call for 'defensive jihad' runs through many muslim
      fundamentalist texts. It is precisely 'defensive jihad' that the
      Taleban use to legitimise its anti human rights actions such as the
      beheading of dissidents, attacks on minorities, attacks on schools and
      religious shrines and the public lashing of women. A similar logic
      based on 'defence of religion' is used by the Christian right to
      justify the killing of doctors providing abortion services as well as
      by Hindutva fundamentalists to justify their violent attacks against
      Muslims and Christians in India.

      We are revealing and making public (see attached documents) the full
      text of the letter received from secretary General of Amnesty
      international in response to the 'Global Petition to Amnesty
      International: Restoring the Integrity of Human Rights' and also the
      Response sent by Initiators of Global Petition

      The highlights of the response sent to Amnesty International by
      Initiators of Global Petition are:

      * Endorsement of the concept of 'defensive jihad' by an organization
      such as Amnesty International calls into question its commitment to
      research the ideological underpinnings of acts of terrorism and its
      commitment to the eradication of discrimination on the basis of
      sex/gender and religion.

      * In the present climate, within the mainstream human rights world,
      a serious challenge is being posed to the principles of universality
      and equality by a host of concessions to 'traditional values' and
      'cultural rights'.

      * Amnesty International should make public the following information
      - Investigative research which informs decisions on partnerships and
      alliances:
      o What process of investigation was carried out to determine
      whether Moazzam Begg was a suitable partner for Amnesty International?

      * Allow real internal debate and give individuals within Amnesty
      International including at the level of National Sections, the right
      to act according to their conscience and to exercise their freedom to
      dissent.

      Released to the world media by Human Rights For All Campaign.


      Response to Amnesty International from the Initators of the Global Petition
      Full Text original in PDF Date: 29 March 2010 - PDF - 152.5 kb
      (URL: http://tinyurl.com/ydmet8g)


      Letter from Claudio Cordone, Secretary General of Amnesty International
      Full Text original in PDF Date: 28 February 2010 - PDF - 101.7 kb
      (Located at: http://tinyurl.com/ybd2ep5)

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      Released to the media by Human Rights For All Campaign
      (Press Release URL: http://www.human-rights-for-all.org/spip.php?article53)
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