They are also shitting on the idea that they are a democratic, member led organisation.
In 2014 only 40% of Amnesty International sections submitted a response to the original draft policy position on decriminalising the sex industry, and only 4 of the sections that responded supported the policy. Members of Amnesty International Australia put forward a No Confidence vote, citing bias, lack of transparency, and only two days between the release of a memorandum on the policy and the Australian branch’s AGM.
At Amnesty International UK’s 2014 AGM, the vote to hold no position on ‘sex work’ was also carried, as well as the vote to support decriminalisation, so even then there was no consensus.
Amnesty’s International Council Meeting in Dublin this week is described by them as a ‘decision-making forum’ how representative this council is, or is required to be, of Amnesty’s membership, is not clear to me.
Amnesty’s decision isn’t actually much of a surprise, individuals at the top of Amnesty UK have been determined to push this through for a long time.
How much of Amnesty’s resources will now be spent on lobbying on behalf of pimps, rather than advocating on behalf of the victims of torture and unfair detention?