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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Amnesty International ignores human rights violations

Amnesty International ignores human rights violations


With the 2010 General Election taking place in less than a week, Amnesty needs your help to put human rights at the top of the political agenda. At the election parliament will undergo significant change – at least 151 MPs are standing down and many seats could change hands. With such a large number of new MPs coming into the House, it is vital that human rights remain in the picture.

The above is what Amnesty International published on its website.

Compare that with the following email exchange...


I would like to know if AI intends to send observers to monitor the UK general election?

I would argue that the election would neither be free nor fair under Article 3 of the First Protocol of the European Convention.

The UK has ignored the ECtHR decision of Hirst v UK(No2), and subsequent Committee of Ministers warnings.

On 8 April 2010, the ECtHR re-emphasised its ruling in Hirst in Frodl v Austria. In this case, all convicted prisoners must get the vote.

Yours sincerely

John Hirst


Dear John Hirst,

Thank you for your e-mail.

Amnesty International will not be sending observers to monitor the general election as we do not have a position on the issue of prisoners denied the vote.

Kind regards,

Philip Lim
Supporter Care Team
Amnesty International UK
Tel: 020 7033 1777

Amnesty International UK
The Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard


Dear Philip Lim

Are you really claiming that AI does not have a position on breach of human rights?

Kind regards

John Hirst

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