Salil Shetty interviewed by Riz Khan


An interview with Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International on Riz Khan, a politics and current affairs programme broadcast on Al Jazeera English.

The interview questions whether human rights is solely a western concept and covers topics such as the new Amnesty International Report, New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful detentions and torture in Iraq.


  1. @david45121

    children have a right to education, and people have a right to food and shelter and a life in dignity, this is fully covered by the declaration of human rights. so poverty obviously is a human rights issue.

  2. @kurtilein3
    Thank you for your comments. What was your opinion of the interview? Did you feel that he adequately answered the charge that human rights are not a western cultural invention but are universal to all? What would be the argument of those who disagree? I imagine it would be bound up in colonial history and imposition of western values but I do not know the answer to this myself.

  3. It often appears that AI is for Western Ideals because it is usually only Westerners that have the finance, time and education to speak out without any significant consequences. Believe me AI is the least corruptable organisations I know and as a member of several charitable and non-profit organisations I know how tight they spend money. Great interview and AI usually only gets criticised by those who are trying to protect their own privledges.

  4. @david45121

    the interview is great, he seems to be a very honest person, and i hope that he can manage to make AI more global.

    the universal declaration of human rights is not a big document, you can read it in a few minutes and i think i read that its the document that got translated into the most languages. But often i get the impression that too few people know its content.

    many religions (islam, catholicism) and ideologies (free market capitalism) are incompatible with human rights.

  5. @kurtilein3
    Thanks for your reply, I will read up on the universal declaration of human rights. I would think that not only are education, food, shelter and dignity human rights they are ultimately in everyone's self interest. When there are so many impoverished it leaves us impoverished too.

  6. @david45121

    when you read it for the first time, you will probarbly notice human rights violations that you didnt realize as such previously. like for example:

    Article 6
    Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

    in the united states i think undocumented immigrants no longer count as persons before the law.

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