"The USA, as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyperpower, sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide,..." "When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a licence to others to commit abuse with impunity."
"The detention facility at Guantánamo Bay has become the gulag of our times, entrenching the practice of arbitrary and indefinite detention in violation of international law," she said. " Guantánamo evokes memories of Soviet repression."
In a perfect world, if the Secretary General of a once noble institution like Amnesty International publicly made a comment like that, he or she should resign immediately. Khan litterally stated that Gitmo was the Gulag of our times, which, apart from being a blatant lie, is the apex of hyperbole. Anyone who has delved even remotely in the history of the infamous Gulag Archipelago cannot but acknowledge that Khan's remark was infuriatingly dishonest, completely baseless, and an insult to the tens of millions of Gulag inmates and their relatives. Here's a short exerpt from my post back then:
"...Below you find a map of Cuba, with the exact location of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba's southeastern corner. Cuba is an island with a surface of 110,860 sq km (sorry, I always have troubles with kloms/miles converting), or slightly smaller than Pennsylvania. The Naval Base comprises a small surface of some 45 square miles. The actual detention center consists of three camps, Delta, Iguana and X-Ray, which until now have received 775 detainees, of which as of today approximately 340 have been released (a couple of tens of them immediately returning to their jihad activities and ambushing an killing US and coalition troops) and a further 110 labeled "ready for release". That leaves around 325 inmates, of which some 70 will ultimately face trial, which means that it is only the status of the remaining 250 which remains unclear, read, they don't know how long they will be held. Generally, the highest number of detainees present at one time was around 500. For those sobbing and weeping over this horrendous fact I'd like to point out that German and Japanese POW's also didn't know how long they'd be held. However, public outrage over Obersturmbannfuehrer's Schweinkopf's sad fate shoveling horse shit in the desert of Nevada was less then because people realized a war was going on.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand below is a map of the former Soviet Union, surface 22 million kilometers or around 200 times Cuba, and the red specks represent the known prisoner complexes in the USSR. Keep in mind that one speck does not necessarily means one camp. The Mother of all Penal Networks would ultimately count 476 camps. The most notorious area of them all - at least the one known to the general public - was in Kolyma, in the desolate wastes of eastern Siberia. There, on a surface four times the size of France, around 100 camps were set up. The highest number of detainees held at one time is estimated at 5,000,000, or 10,000 times as many as in the "gulag of our times" - Americans are schoolboys. This peak was reached during the reign of Stalin, who actually used the Gulag system not only to get rid of political opponents but also as a means of keeping the populace in a permanent state of terror, a bit like George Bush is doing now.
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Why do I mention this right now? Well, perhaps it did not escape your attention, but for those who did not happen to read it, here's an interesting tidbit about Mrs. Khan:
Got that you lousy proletarian? Last year, Madame Khan bagged a severance payment of UK £533,103 from Amnesty International following her resignation from the organisation on 31 December 2009. This payment was in excess of four times her annual salary of £132,490 (!). On February 19, 2011, Peter Pack, chairman of AI's executive committee, defended the decision to pay such an outrageous sum as follows: "The payments to outgoing secretary general Irene Khan shown in the accounts of AI (Amnesty International) Ltd for the year ending March 31st 2010 include payments [were] made as part of a confidential agreement between AI Ltd and Irene Khan.... It is a term of this agreement that no further comment on it will be made by either party."
The irony is that, much to the chagrin of many first hour AI activists who doggedly and passionately did their utmost best to alleviate the plight of the planet's countless political prisoners (AI's core mission), Irene Khan deliberately tried to steer AI into a quintessential leftist dada: fighting "poverty". . I was never someone who feeds on conspiracy theories, but could it not be... could it not be that Khan, with this strange move, tried to steer away public attention for human rights abuses towards a less laden topic? Especially since THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES HAPPEN IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES, AND THAT SHE IS A MUSLIM? Khan is a native of Pakistan, and each and every day that country's non-muslim population is prone to horrendous human rights violations at the hands of people who share her religion, islam.
Anyway, anno 2011 it has been demonstrated crystal clear that the best way to fight poverty is to introduce capitalism, but alas, people won't listen. Rather, they'd buy books like Khan's:
And here is the site she ordered set up to support her phony theories. Below's a screenshot:
A world where a cunt like Khan who bagged, apart from a yearly salary of 132,000 £, a severance payment of:
...for sloppy, sleazy and ineffective work, while pretending to care for the wretched poor and downtrodden of this earth, and get away with it, well...
... that's a SICK world.
PS: the first muslim to head AI? Well, once again a follower of the prophet has done a stellar PR job for the Religion of Peace.