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Reader feedback: Be grateful to AI

RE: AI criticizes police for handling of Roma, June 6 - June 12, 2005, Volume 11, Number 22

Amnesty International didn't get to be so big just by making criticisms. They have been an effective source of pressure, helping to free political prisoners and create legislation that has helped to protect the rights of many people. As a grass roots organization grows, it does become an institution and a bureaucracy itself, and can make some mistakes. I think you only follow the headlines of the general news and shovel out blame without doing enough research yourself on the organization you are criticizing.

Reporting [abuses] and keeping a record of them is a great service. We should all be grateful for this service, which AI is performing. If the police acted appropriately, they should be able to prove it. Since when is entering someone's home without a warrant, beating prisoners and isolating them, or contributing to the death of a suspect considered justified due to working in a "stressful situation"?

BB,
Munich

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