Charity Amnesty International Ordered To Return Donation From George Soros
The donation from Soros was to help overturn Ireland’s abortion ban
Humanitarian charity Amnesty International has been ordered by the State’s ethics watchdog to return a donation from Billionaire globalist George Soros.
The donation from Soros was to help the charity fund its campaign to overturn Ireland’s abortion ban.
Amnesty International later announced it would not obey the instruction from the State’s ethics to return Soros' donation: “We’re being asked to comply with a law that violates human rights, and we can’t do that.” said Amnesty’s chief executive, Colm O’Gorman."
The donation was a total of €137,000 coming directly from Soros-funded Open Society Foundation.
Soros has been criticised for 'meddling' with democracy's throughout Europe and the US by using his influence to buy out politicians.
The Irish Times reports: The Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) has instructed Amnesty International to return a €137,000 donation from the Soros-funded Open Society Foundation.
It got the money for its My Body My Rights campaign, which advocates the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and the introduction of laws providing for abortion in Ireland.
However, SIPO said the donation breached Ireland’s Ireland’s campaign finance laws, which prohibit foreign donors making donations to groups involved in elections, or referendums here.
Last night, a spokesman for the commission declined to comment on the Amnesty case, but said SIPO’s role was to enforce the legislation. Under the legislation, a sentence of up to three years can be imposed.
Saying that it is taking legal advice on its options now, Amnesty said the Soros grant accounts for nearly 2.5 percent of its total annual income, but returning it would set “a dangerous precedent”.
Amnesty and other civil society organizations have previously flagged concerns about the strict campaign finance laws which employ a wide definition of political activity that cannot be funded by foreign donations.
Mr. O’Gorman pointed out that Irish Aid, the Government’s development aid arm, regularly funds campaigns run by civil society organizations in many countries around the world.
The electoral law contravenes Ireland’s obligations under international human rights law and constitutes a violation of rights to freedom of association and expression, said Amnesty.
The Electoral Act’s rules are “seriously impacting” on a growing number of other organizations, and could have a severe chilling effect on civil society in Ireland, it said.