Some human rights groups, especially Amnesty International, seem to have forgotten to oppose all violations of human rights -- by all sides -- in war.
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Amnesty International is highlighting war-making in Syria's civil war by one side only: "Our team of researchers on the ground found evidence that government forces bombed entire neighborhoods and targeted residential areas with long-range surface-to-surface missiles," said an AI fundraising email on April 29 that made no mention of abuses committed by Syrian rebels supported by the U.S. and its allies.
This one-sided treatment by a group avowedly dedicated to all human rights is fueling the fires of a wider war from which the people of Syria can only suffer.
We're told: "Amnesty has a strong track record of using our on-the-ground findings to pressure governments and the United Nations Security Council to hold those responsible for the slaughter of civilians accountable."
But does it? When the U.S. military has killed civilians in Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya, Amnesty International's silence has often been deafening.
Urge Amnesty International to oppose killing by all sides.
Unfortunately, for Amnesty International, such double standards -- and at times even outright propaganda for war -- go back decades. AI promoted the babies-taken-from-incubators hoax that helped launch the 1991 U.S. war on Iraq. In current times, the same organization has promoted the pretense that the U.S./NATO occupation of Afghanistan is about women's rights.
Groups like Amnesty oppose particular weapons, including the development of fully autonomous weapons (drones that fly themselves). But surely the human right not to be blown up does not vanish if the button is pushed by a person instead of an autonomous robot.
Join us in urging human rights groups to assertively expose and condemn all wartime violations of human rights -- without downplaying or ignoring the violations committed by the U.S. government and its allies.
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