Amnesty Int’l a Tool of US Foreign Policy
Posted on April 15th, 2012

Mahinda Gunasekera  

Amnesty has been cited by the author as an organization in receipt of funding from the US Government which uses it along with other INGO as a tool of foreign policy. The first director of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) which receives an annual appropriation by the US Congress as part of the US Information Agency’s budget stated in 1986 that they would undertake the work previously handled covertly through grants made available by the CIA.

AI is not only on the take from US Government Agencies.  AI also accepts funds contributed by groups such as the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) which has a record of being the mouthpiece of the banned Tamil Tigers, the only explanation for which is that the agendas of these two groups to demonize the actions of Sri Lanka to eliminate Tiger terrorism are apparently in sync.

The credibility of other frontline INGO such as HRW and ICG engaged in HR work which receive substantial funding from US Aid and its counterparts in western countries needs to be carefully looked at to determine how independently they carry out their work, and whose agendas are being supported by them.

NGOs: Missionaries of Empire

by Devon Douglas-Bowers

March 10, 2012

Non-governmental organizations are an increasingly important part of the 21st century international landscape performing a variety of humanitarian tasks pertaining inter alia to issues of poverty, the environment and civil liberties. However, there is a dark side to NGOs. They have been and are currently being used as tools of foreign policy, specifically with the United States. Instead of using purely military force, the US has now moved to using NGOs as tools in its foreign policy implementation, specifically the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and Amnesty International.

National Endowment for Democracy

According to its website, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is “a private, non-profit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world,”[1] however this is sweet-sounding description is actually quite far from the truth.

Full Report -http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/?p=14631

One Response to “Amnesty Int’l a Tool of US Foreign Policy”

  1. gdesilva Says:

    AI, HRW etc are not just tools of US Foreign Policy but ARE the front office of CIA! Ever wondered why we don’t hear much about the CIA these days? – that’s because all their front line work is now outsourced to AI, HRW and the likes, that’s why.

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