Have links with Cage damaged Amnesty's reputation?
Gita Sahgal says working with the advocacy group Cage has undermined Amnesty's work but the group's deputy director refuted the claims.
The former head of Amnesty International’s Gender Unit and founder of the Centre for Secular Space, Gita Sahgal says working with the advocacy group Cage has undermined Amnesty's work.
"I think immense damage has been done to Amnesty, not least because they won't come clean about their relationship with Cage," she said
Sahgal added that associations with organisations like Cage were highly damaging: "Amnesty have damaged the cause of human rights culture".
Steve Crawshaw, Amnesty's deputy director refuted the claims and said he was "enormously saddened" by them, adding that Amnesty had signed up on joint letters with Cage but was 'highly unlikely' to do so again.
He denied the claim that by signing up to letters together, they had assisted Cage and 'played to their myth of victimisation'.
"I don't think we played to anybody's myth. I can't condemn strongly enough, anybody, in any context who seeks to find some justification somehow for why they can kill civilians," he said.