Archive for Amnesty International

My Body My Rights: Amnesty International’s latest push for abortion

Posted in Amnesty International with tags , , on October 7, 2014 by saynsumthn

Amnesty My Body my Rights campaignMy Body My Rights is Amnesty International’s global campaign to promote abortion rights.

Couched in verbiage that appeals to pro-choice people the so-called Human Rights except if you are an unborn child, group states that the campaign is to, “help ensure that everyone has access to their sexual and reproductive rights and to stop criminalization of sexuality and reproduction by governments.”

Amnesty Untitled1

According to Amnesty , if you are lucky enough to not be sucked out of your mother’s womb, you have the right to:

Make decisions about our own health, body, sexual life, and identity without fear of coercion or criminalization
Seek and receive information about sexuality and reproduction and access related health services and contraception
Decide whether and when to have children, and how many to have
Choose your intimate partner and whether and when to marry
Decide what type of family to create
Access family planning; contraception; safe and accessible post-abortion care; access to abortion in cases of rape, sexual assault or incest, and pregnancy that poses a risk to the life or to physical or mental health; and, where legal, access to safe abortion services
Live free from discrimination, coercion and violence, including rape and other sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced marriage.

Ab not a crime

Amnesty has always promoted abortion as a a human right and right now they are conducting a campaign to get child killing legalized in El Salvador using rare cases:

1 842380545774819_6813435941881105266_n

1-0632441477_3202353861058000449_n

2- 842380579108149_3078014830211274217_n

3-842380605774813_4440074545835654109_n

6-80699108137_3248348059010989181_n

7-9108141_3771307967730959604_n

10- 380732441467_849821329537402574_n

The pro-abortion group is asking supporters to spread the word using the hashtag: #MyBodyMyRights

It is sad that a group that fights for human rights would not support the most basic right to life among the most vulnerable among us an unborn baby!

Obama White House violating international “right to life” with drone strikes?

Posted in Drones, Obama and Drones with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by saynsumthn

Two leading human rights groups released detailed reports on U.S. drone strikes Tuesday that accuse the government of killing civilians and violating international law. The White House admitted killing civilians, but denied breaking the law, saying the strikes were “precise” and “lawful.”

Amnesty International, which studied 45 drone strikes in Pakistan in 2012 and 2013, said the U.S. violated the internationally recognized “right to life” and may have committed war crimes. They state,

“The Obama administration claims its use of lethal force, including with drones, is “legal”, “ethical”, and “wise”. But Amnesty International is gravely concerned that the administration is killing people outside the bounds of human rights and the law. International law permits the use of lethal force in very restricted circumstances. But from the little information made available to the public, U.S. drone strike policy appears to allow extrajudicial executions in violation of the right to life, virtually anywhere in the world. Public outcry over the killer drone program is growing, leading to President Obama and Congress addressing the issue. Despite all the talk that new laws, rules or a “kill court” are needed, the solution is simple: the Obama administration must follow the law. Congress and the courts must hold them to it.
Urge the U.S. government to follow international law that restricts the use of lethal force.”

“There are real threats to the U.S. in the region,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty’s advocacy adviser, “but it is hard to imagine that a 68-year-old grandmother or a 14-year-old boy are among them. Something clearly went wrong and the U.S. government needs to come clean.”

On March 15, Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism, released a statement that categorically declared the CIA drone program a “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.” That statement followed three days of secret meetings with Pakistani officials, who told Emmerson that they had confirmed 400 civilian deaths in drone strikes since the program began in 2004.

In Pakistan, popular support for CIA drone strikes is virtually non-existent. Although public opinion in favor of drone strikes remains quite high in the United States, the targeted killing campaign has come under increasing fire of late from human rights organizations, Congress, and even former U.S. government officials. The New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program is pleased to invite you to a conversation with Emmerson about his work investigating human rights violations in the “war on terror,” particularly in relation to the CIA drone program.

PARTICIPANTS include: Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Peter Bergen, Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation

This week, Human Rights Watch, which focused on six drone strikes in Yemen over the past four years, said the U.S. is undermining its own efforts against AL Qaeda with drone attacks.

The 102-page report, “‘Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda’: The Civilian Cost of US Targeted Killings in Yemen,”examines six US targeted killings in Yemen, one from 2009 and the rest from 2012-2013. Two of the attacks killed civilians indiscriminately in clear violation of the laws of war; the others may have targeted people who were not legitimate military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian deaths.

“The US says it is taking all possible precautions during targeted killings, but it has unlawfully killed civilians and struck questionable military targets in Yemen,” said Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counterterrorism researcher at Human Rights Watch and the author of the report. “Yemenis told us that these strikes make them fear the US as much as they fear Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”

Human Rights Watch released “‘Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda’” in a joint news conference on October 22, 2013, with Amnesty International, which issued its own report on US drone strikes in Pakistan.