Written By Cigpapers
Photos and Captions by Watt Tyler
Golden Dawn Leader, mathematician and Greek National hero Nikos Michaloliakos was arrested on 28th September 2013 and has been jailed pending trial on charges that he used the organisation to operate a criminal gang. He was arraigned before a Magistrate on 2nd October 2013 when he was denied bail.
Nikos Michaloliakos is the first elected political head to be incarcerated in almost 40 years in Greece. A number of other Golden Dawn elected MPs and Party leaders are now also being held in Greek jails without bail.
On Monday, September 23 2013, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder demanded that the Golden Dawn be destroyed to save democracy, saying:
“It is high time Greek politicians honor their pledge and adopt effective legislation that will put an end to completely unacceptable harassment of immigrants, ethnic minorities, immigrants and political opponents by the extremist Golden Dawn party.
Words of condemnation, although important, won’t suffice. Greece’s leaders need to take action against those who create a climate of fear and who pose a threat to many of their fellow citizens.”
On Saturday, September 28, MPs and key party members were arrested and imprisoned on nonsensical charges that the democratically elected party is a ‘criminal organization.’
So What Happened To Amnesty International?
Amnesty International claim to be a non-political human rights organisation that support human rights for everyone irrespective of their political beliefs.
Amnesty International UK is divided into two legal entities – the UK Section and the Charitable Trust – and each has its own constitution.The UK section is Amnesty’s membership arm and it is responsible for much of their work, including campaigning, communications, fundraising and administration.For legal reasons the Section cannot be a charity. But the Section does carry out some activities that are considered charitable under English Law.
Amnesty International UK is a company limited by guarantee registered in England no 01735872.
Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust no 1051681.
Registered in Scotland as Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust no SC039534.
Amnesty International solicit donations and membership fees from the general Public by claiming to be a human rights organisation. If they are in fact a political organisation then they have been involved in a long-running and very serious fraud by obtaining money by deception. If they are a political organisation they have also clearly breached their charitable status which would need removing. There would also be the question of refunding membership fees and donations. Supporters of Amnesty International may also request payment for voluntary work done on campaigns which they weren’t informed were in fact political work.
At the moment we must give Amnesty International the benefit of the doubt on their lack of action regarding the imprisonment of Golden Dawn leaders. However this lack of action needs rectifying as soon as possible.
Please contact Amnesty International at the earliest opportunity about the Golden Dawn situation. Stay calm, polite and non-threatening in all your communications. Their contact details are:
Telephone: 020 7033 1500
Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
The Charity Commission:
In England and Wales all charities are regulated and policed by The Charity Commission. The Charity Commission clearly state that charities can not be political or support certain political parties.If you do not receive a positive response from Amnesty International on the Golden Dawn situation please consider contacting The Charity Commission to ask them to investigate here:
For England and Wales Charity complaints:
For Scotland Charity complaints go to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator here:
Charities are often the most appropriate organisations to speak out and campaign on behalf of their users. From lobbying politicians to running online petitions, you can engage in a range of activities to support your charity’s aims. But charities must never be politically biased – See more at:
It has now been revealed that Amnesty International has been involved in a campaign to decriminalize prostitution, pimping and brothels: