Has Amnesty UK Lost It’s Mind?

I was absolutely stunned earlier today when I read this ‘Action Alert’ from Amnesty UK.    Just look at some of the language used –

As negotiations for the first ever Arms Trade Treaty draw to a close it has never been more important for the UK to demand human rights are enshrined at its heart.”

Does Amnesty UK actually believe that the UK is in any moral position to ‘demand’ anything from anyone in regards to human rights?   Amnesty UK have either forgotten, or have chosen to forget, that the UK is a serial human rights abuser.  The UK cannot be asked to ‘demand’ something it does not in fact practice.  The UK is arguably a rogue state.

As one of the most influential countries, the UK must make its voice heard.”

If the UK is “influential” it is not because it leads by example.  Far from it.  The UK’s influence comes from it’s military and nuclear power, which provides it a United Nations Security Council seat.  The UK has historically made it’s “voice heard” through ‘speaking softly while carrying a big stick’.

Minister Alistair Burt has made strong statements committing to a bulletproof Treaty but a small, vocal and determined minority of countries are putting the UK under pressure to compromise.”

One could be forgiven after reading this for thinking that the UK is the sole virtuous nation in the world, beset on all sides by those who wish us to “compromise” our noble principles.  Our intentions are purely benign.  Iraq did not happen.  Extraordinary rendition did not happen.  Assaults on civil liberties did not happen.  Arms shipments all over the globe did not, and do not happen.

In this Action Alert, Amnesty encourage us to write to William Hague, the UK Foreign Secretary, and Alistair Burt MP and ask them to “stand firm on human rights“.  Someone should point out to Amnesty that these are people who are not exactly renowned for their stance on human rights.  They are members of a party that regularly advocate the ripping up of the Human Rights Act for crying out loud.

Either Amnesty UK have lost their minds, or they have lost their souls, and are now nothing but handmaidens for imperialists.