Irish Amnesty plays safe after boycott call

first_imgResponding, Amnesty said it was not promoting abortion as a universal right, but that women had a right to choose, particularly in cases of rape or incest. Amnesty’s Deputy Secretary-General Kate Gilmore severely criticised what she said was a ‘misrepresented account’ of the organisation’s position.She said: ‘If Cardinal Martino had been in Darfur and stood between rape victims as stones were being thrown at them, he would not talk again about whether or not Amnesty has the integrity to stand firm for human rights’.However, the Irish Section of Amnesty International has said it will not be implementing the organisation’s new policy. It was agreed that national sections of Amnesty could interpret the new policy in accordance with their own context. In 1996 the Catholic Church took a similar measure in cutting off aid to the UN children’s fund UNICEF. UNICEF was distributing a post-intercourse spermicide in refugee camps to teenage girls who had been raped. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 June 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Irish Amnesty plays safe after boycott callcenter_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Amnesty’s Irish section is staying neutral on the issue of abortion after the Vatican called on Catholics to withdraw their support for the organisation over its support for abortion in certain circumstances. Amnesty raised over ‚€1.6 million in Ireland in 2004. Roman Catholics have been advised to stop donating to the human rights group and the Vatican has announced that it is suspending all financial aid to Amnesty. The human rights organisation decided in April to involve itself in issues relating to abortion ‘to the extent that they are directly linked to the right to health and against violence against women’.As a result it has called for an end to the penalisation of women who have an abortion. Vatican Justice Minister Cardinal Renato Martino said that by taking its new stand on abortion, Amnesty had ‘disqualified itself as a defender of human rights’. Advertisement Tagged with: Irelandlast_img

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