On the last day of 2011 it became crystal clear Brother Leader Muammar Gaddafi was in the lead in an online poll by Amnesty International USA for “Human Rights Hero”, followed by Michael Jackson and Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab – but after having noticed the results in favour of Gaddafi, Amnesty International fraudulently and cowardly changed the rules of its poll and closed down the voting page a whole month earlier than initially stated in their rules.

The voting page currently shows a messages that states that “The entry period has now ended”. On the Rules page the closing date has been changed from January 31, 2012 to December 31, 2011 (compare current Rules page to initial Rules page which is still visible via google cache):

Initial Rules page:

Current Rules page:

As comments on an article at mathaba.net point out:

Even if Amnesty International removed the result and even if it hindered further votes: Victory is ours! They obviously were shocked. They had to react. They had to commit mistakes. They had to manipulate.

NATO uses “human rights” for crimes against humanity. NATO uses “protecting civilians” for killing civilians.

and:

Amnesty International USA provides no reason for the early closing. But it isn’t hard to guess. Of all the names in the tag cloud, one name was growing bigger each day. And that name was Muammar Gaddafi. And if the promotion closed yesterday [December 31], then that probably makes Muammar the winner.

Have Amnesty announced a winner yet? No.

Have they said when they will announce the winner? No.

Some have suggested that the voting for Muammar Gaddafi was fake, or rigged by social media. But as someone else has pointed out there are not a large number of social media pages about Gaddafi, and the active twitter community supporting him is also not large. And Amnesty International probably knows this.

No, the reason for Muammar Gaddafi leading, and now presumably winning the promotion, is that many more people around the world than Amnesty ever thought possible, hold Muammar in high regard, recognise all the good he did, and are not fooled by the derogatory propaganda fed to the world during all of last year.

This latest example of Amnesty International (USA)’s reluctance to accept facts, in this case facts that are literally in front of their face on their own website, only reinforces what many of us already know – that Amnesty’s presumed objective to uncover truth about human rights is a farce, and their real interest is either to tell a story, or to bury one. The lack of integrity in this case is obvious to all with eyes to see. Does it matter? Yes. Many influential people make decisions on the basis of Amnesty’s reports.

It will be interesting to see what happens now. Whether their Human Rights Hero promotion silently disappears, whether a small name in the tag cloud is announced as winner, or whether Amnesty does the right thing by awarding the title of Human Rights Hero to the name that clearly led on the closing day – that of Muammar Gaddafi!”

as well as:

So there is just one thing left to say (no matter if they closed the page down or doing something else desperate):

CONGRATULATION, Muammar… you deserve it!!!

Amnesty International USA can be reached at [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]

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