Salman Rushdie Says Amnesty International Suffers from “Moral Bankruptcy”
The famous author challenges the human rights organization’s ties to former Gitmo detainee Moazzam Begg.
11:58 AM, Feb 21, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
There are two updates related to Amnesty International’s relationship with former Gitmo detainee and jihadist Moazzam Begg this Sunday. (For background on the relationship, see here. For background information on Begg, see here, here, here, here, here and here.)
First, the Sunday Times (UK) reports that Salman Rushdie has joined the growing chorus of observers who denounce Amnesty’s alliance with Begg (emphasis added):
Second, Gita Sahgal, the Amnesty employee who had the courage to object to her organization’s ties to Begg and was suspended by her employer for it, ably defends herself in this interview. Sahgal blasts those who are willfully blind to the jihadist agenda advanced by Begg and his organization, Cage Prisoners (emphasis added):
Sahgal is legitimately concerned about Muslim women’s rights in South and Central Asia – a topic that frequently gets pushed to the back burner. And she is disgusted that her human rights organization, which is supposed to defend those rights, is standing by a jihadist who openly supports the Taliban – one of the worst offenders of women’s rights in modern history.
Amnesty International is not the only organization that has allied itself with Begg. The ACLU still features a video starring Begg on its web site. The ACLU, like Amnesty, apparently does not mind allying itself with a known jihadist.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.