Amnesty International Australia has given opposition to travel bans on Israelis, after one of its volunteers supported bans on Israelis, in response to questions about it, on Facebook. From the Algemeiner Amnesty International Australia Apologizes for Facebook Comment Defending Muslim Discrimination Against Israeli Passport Holders
Amnesty International Australia has apologized after one of its
volunteers posted a comment on its Facebook page earlier this week
defending the 16 Muslim-majority nations around the world that bar
entry to Israeli passport holders.
“The countries that banned the passport have done so for a reason,”
the comment in question read. “They are aware of the atrocities
committed by the Israel Defence Force and have seen Palestinians being
displaced from their homes for the illegal settlements.”
On Tuesday 31 January, a comment was posted on the Amnesty International Australia Facebook page regarding travel restrictions on Israeli passport-holders. The comment did not reflect Amnesty International’s position on this issue, and as such we would like to apologise for any misunderstanding this comment has caused.
To clarify our position: Freedom of movement is a fundamental human
right. No person should be denied their human rights on the basis of
Amnesty International is opposed to any ban on entry to a country
purely on the basis of nationality or religious belief. Naturally this
includes any restrictions on entry for Israeli citizens. We note that
these kinds of restrictions have had a negative impact on the ability
of our staff and our partners to research and report on human rights
violations across the region.
After they deleted the original comment, they defended not opposing the travel ban against Israel. From blog posts Amnesty Australia Volunteer Posts Justification For Ban On Israelis and Amnesty Australia apologizes for justifying Arab ban on Israeli travelers
And even the apology doesn't include a specific condemnation of Arab
nations. It was just a backtrack saying that freedom of movement is a
human right, and that Amnesty won't speak out against Arab violations
of human rights because they only have finite resources.
Meanwhile, Liberty Victoria, a civil rights organisation in Victoria, Australia, has said that the ban on Israelis is different to the Trump ban:
@jjcoolau Point well taken, but see this for why it's just not the
same. Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslim countries is not the same as their bans on Israelis, says expert