Source: Amnesty International –
Human rights defenders and NGOs, including Amnesty International itself, are targeted as authorities around the globe steal from the same playbook to silence criticism
Amnesty International has today launched its first ever global emergency fundraising appeal, calling on supporters to help fight a growing backlash against journalists, lawyers, activists and human rights organizations around the world working to defend and promote human rights.
The organization highlighted recent state and state-sponsored attacks on its own staff and offices as illustrative of the increasing audacity of governments who are hostile to human rights. In 2020 for example, Amnesty International’s India office was forced to halt its work when the authorities froze its bank accounts following a series of raids and a high-profile smear campaign; and Amnesty International Nigeria continues to face threats of violence for its human rights work. This follows the imprisonment of prominent members of Amnesty International Turkey under spurious “terrorism” charges in 2017.
There is nothing new about being stigmatized and attacked for calling out human rights violations and speaking out against the abuse of power. But the sheer scale of the current assault is new and gravely concerning. Amnesty International stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a community of NGOs and human rights defenders around the world, many of whom are facing severe risks without adequate protection and often with little visibility.