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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Amnesty Advocates for Pussy Riot

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ran a story the other day with the following headline, “Amnesty Calls For Release of Pussy Riot Members.”

The story describes Pussy Riot as a female punk group and reports that:

The three were detained shortly after members of the group stormed a church in Moscow on February 21 and performed a song criticizing what they see as the Orthodox Church’s support of Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin.

RFE/RL continues:
The three admit to being members of the larger group, but deny taking part in the action at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
Amnesty said even if they did take part, Russia’s response -- including a possible seven year jail sentence for hooliganism -- was not “a justifiable response to the peaceful -- if , to many, offensive -- expression of their political beliefs.”
Assuming the facts are correct (and that is a big assumption), I have no sympathy for the accused who acted in an Occupy-like fashion. Yet Amnesty International sees a need to call for their release. I (generally) have no time for so-called human-rights organizations. I see them (again, generally) as advocates for terrorists, criminals, and anarchists—the true victims don’t concern them. The world would be better off if these NGOs / NPOs simply disbanded.

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