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For the past 60 years, Amnesty International has put its finger in the wound of human rights abuses in all shapes and forms around the world. But it’s also faced widespread criticism for some of its more opaque actions… It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Amnesty over the last 60 years. It claims that it doesn’t pursue political ideology or “support or oppose any government or system.” However, its detractors say that is precisely what it is doing. There have been allegations of one-sided reporting, or a failure to treat threats to security as a mitigating factor. Part of the problem is that the organization is stuck in the past, says Stephen Hopgood, professor of international relations at SOAS University of London, who specializes in the international politics of humanitarianism and human rights and is author of the book “Keepers of the Flame: Understanding Amnesty International.”

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