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Stop U.S. Subversion of Human Rights Organizations: PEN's new Executive Director, Suzanne Nossel, Advocate of U.S. Military Interventions, Must Go.
  • Petitioned President, Officers and Trustees of PEN, American Center (www.PEN.org)

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President, Officers and Trustees of PEN, American Center (www.PEN.org)

Stop U.S. Subversion of Human Rights Organizations: PEN's new Executive Director, Suzanne Nossel, Advocate of U.S. Military Interventions, Must Go.

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There has been growing concern that Human Rights organizations are being subverted by the U.S. government to advance its foreign policy.  With the appointment of its new director, Suzanne Nossel, formerly Under Secretary of State, the human rights organization PEN has become the most blatant and overt example of such subversion.

PEN is an organization of writers and related professions, which we all support when we purchase works by its members.  PEN presents itself as an organization in favor of peace and human rights.  But PEN has now hired as its new Executive Director, Suzanne Nossel, Underecretary of State under Hillary Clinton.  Nossel has been a relentless advocate for pre-emptive war, illegal under international law, and a champion of "Smart Power" which includes "not least" U.S. military force.  Nossel has used "human rights" as a cover for such wars.  This undermines the genuine quest for human rights. Her leadership of PEN is inconsistent with its commitment to peace and human rights and as an organization independent of the U.S. government.  She must be dismissed or resign.

For more info, read this by Coleen Rowley and John V. Walsh: http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/04/03/an-appeal-to-pen-exec-director-suzanne-nossel-must-go/comment-page-1/

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Chris Hedges's statement on resignation from PEN to protest Nossel's appointment: http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/chris_hedges_resigns_from_human_rights_organization_pen_20130401/#.UVpI34_tOCo.email

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    Reasons for signing

    • Naomi Paz Greenberg FOREST HILLS, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      NGO's are NON-governmental organizations and are not the playgrounds for 'former' government Under Secretaries of State.

    • Charles Liu SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Too many baised opinion from PEN and NED $ makes them propaganda.

    • Christopher Randolph PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Nossel is from an evil nest of snakes who purport to be "liberals" in favor of "human rights," but are in fact lethal pro-empire reactionaries.

    • David Isenbergh WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      Even the best of wars, as Hemingway famously said, is a crime against humanity. "Humanitarian" (military) intervention is also illegal, according to the UN and according to international law, which our nation subscribes to. Finally, it is unbecoming for someone with such a callous view of torture and judicial killing, to head an organization, PEN, which has a hallowed tradition of civility and humanity.

    • christopher harries ELMVALE, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because human rights are too important to be subordinated to careerist individuals and imperialist politics


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