Salman Rushdie reagerte kraftig på at Amnesty-ledelsen suspendert Gita Sahgal etter at hun kritiserte Amnestys samarbeid med Moazzam Begg og hans nettverk Cageprisoners.
Det er tegn på at noe har skjedd når Amnesty velger å solidariserer seg med en eks-Guantanamo-fange som har islamist-sympatier, og velger å la en erfaren, dyktig medarbeider gå.
Islamisme splitter nå også en organisasjon som Amnesty.
«Amnesty International has done its reputation incalculable damage by allying itself with Moazzam Begg and his group Cageprisoners, and holding them up as human rights advocates. It looks very much as if Amnesty’s leadership is suffering from a kind of moral bankruptcy, and has lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong. It has greatly compounded its error by suspending the redoubtable Gita Sahgal for the crime of going public with her concerns. Gita Sahgal is a woman of immense integrity and distinction and I am personally grateful to her for the courageous stands she made at the time of the Khomeini fatwa against The Satanic Verses, as a leading member of the groups Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. It is people like Gita Sahgal who are the true voices of the human rights movement; Amnesty and Begg have revealed, by their statements and actions, that they deserve our contempt.»
February 21, 2010
Salman Rushdie’s statement on Amnesty International