Amnesty International Australia apologises

February 3, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Amnesty International Australia has apologised for a post in Facebook writing about the “atrocities committed by the Israel Defence Force” plus other comments.

Following a representation to AIA by The Executive Council of Australian Jewry the offending Facebook post was removed.

Offending post Image: Facebook

Amnesty International Australia issued a statement saying: “On Tuesday 31 January, a comment was posted on the Amnesty International Australia Facebook page regarding travel restrictions on Israeli passport-holders. The comment did not reflect Amnesty International’s position on this issue, and as such we would like to apologise for any misunderstanding this comment has caused.

To clarify our position:

Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right. No person should be denied their human rights on the basis of their nationality.

Amnesty International is opposed to any ban on entry to a country purely on the basis of nationality or religious belief. Naturally this includes any restrictions on entry for Israeli citizens. We note that these kinds of restrictions have had a negative impact on the ability of our staff and our partners to research and report on human rights violations across the region.

Amnesty International is also concerned by any ban that specifically targets refugees or prevents vulnerable people from reaching safety – as we have seen this past week in the United States. We will continue to stand together with the global community to oppose hateful anti-refugee laws and policies.”

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6 Responses to “Amnesty International Australia apologises”
  1. dr john nemesh says:

    I do not trust Amnesty International for anything.
    They have been often found to be blind totally to jewish and israel’s concerns, whilst subject to making grossly abusive and factually incorrect statements as matter of fact regarding “islamophobia” and “palestinian” victimhood.

    Confronting them is the only way of dealing with them!

  2. Eleonora Mostert says:

    United states did not refuse “refugees” but tightened security to stop terrorist from entering the country. No one believes the media anymore you distort the truth. President Trump is 100% correct when he stated FAKE NEWS. The media does it on a daily basis.

  3. Rita L. says:

    Amnesty International has lost my charity dollar for a long time already. They are very “pro-palestiiiiinian” – in that way which makes it “anti-Israel”. This excuse above is so flat, and only a vehicle to yet again protest against the measures taken about security by President Trump. Jews with Israeli passports have been banned from 17 countries for a long time – I never heard any protest from the Left of which Amnesty International is a member. So, spare me the crocodile tears, you are only sorry that you got found out.

    • Lynne Newington says:

      They’re on the ball with the investigation of death of Alberto Nisman.

      Impunity

      The investigation into the death in January of Alberto Nisman, prosecutor in the case of the 1994 attack on the Jewish Mutual Association of Argentina (AMIA) building in the capital, Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed, continued at the end of the year.

      In August, the public hearing into the cover-up of the investigation into the 1994 AMIA attack began. Among those accused of the cover-up were a former judge and prosecutor and high-ranking officials, including former President Carlos Menem. The main case relating to the attack has been stalled since 2006 when a judge issued orders for the capture and extradition of eight Iranian nationals and a Lebanese national for questioning. Four of these orders remained in force and the subject of an Interpol “red alert”. Iran refused the extradition requests for the eight Iranians.

  4. David Helfgott says:

    Does this mean that AIA will now censure/criticise Trump for his anti-Muslim policy on entry into the USA ?

  5. Jack Chrapot says:

    Amnesty has rightly apologised for this embarrassing faux pas which exposed the hypocrisy that applies when otherwise worthy organisations are infiltrated by people with a specific agenda that often runs counter to its good work. This was not an accident and we’ve recently seen similar with the women’s marches in the USA. Organisations such as Amnesty need to look inside themselves and weed out those people.

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