Sunday, May 9, 2021

PM about AI: "It has ceased to be an organization that universally defends the freedom of belief ..."


 Amnesty International (AI) has ceased to be an organization that defends freedom of belief. It only protects views with a specific ideological overtone - Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki assessed on Sunday, referring to, among others, to the case of Alexei Navalny.

"In February of this year, Amnesty International decided to stop using the term "prisoner of conscience" concerning Alexei Navalny. The Russian media, subordinate to Vladimir Putin, widely publicized this decision, proclaiming that Navalny was a terrorist" - the head of the Polish government indicated on social media on Sunday.

He also added that the Russian security services intensified the repression of the prisoner, treating him with extreme severity. - "It took months for AI to finally notice its mistake and restore Navalny's status as a prisoner of conscience, admitting that "the Russian state condemns Alexei Navalny to slow death." 

Morawiecki knows from personal experience that the case of Alexei Navalny was not isolated. 

"In 1988, when my father and Andrzej Kołodziej were arrested (by communist regime in Poland - PN), AI also refused to grant them the status of prisoners of conscience because, as they claimed, as activists of Fighting Solidarity, they did not rule out armed struggle for Poland's freedom."

"AI has long ceased to be an organization that commonly defends freedom of belief, and only protects views with a specific ideological tone." 

The Prime Minister pointed out that the director of AI Europe, after the last presidential election, spoke about "the deteriorating situation of human rights in Poland.

"The work of organizations defending human rights in Poland is now more important than ever before, and we are more determined than ever to continue in this struggle." 


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