Amnesty International is in no way involved in the “case”

COPIED FROM A LETTER SENT BY FAX TO BC CONFERENCE OCT 1, 1996

September 26, 1997

Dr. George A. Affleck
1367 Pintail Drive
Parksville, BC
V9P 2A2

Dear Dr. Affleck:

Thank you for your letter of 18 September (received yesterday) in which you express concern around the “case” of the Rev. Kevin Annett (you refer to a Rev. Kevin McNamee, but, I assume that this is incorrect).

I wish to be very clear in stating categorically that Amnesty International has not been and is not involved in this matter. The treatment of Rev. Annett by the United Church can in no way be considered to fall within the AI mandate. Amnesty International is concerned with human rights violations committed by governments ( and their agents) or by armed opposition groups.

The individual who recently spoke out vigorously about the treatment of the Rev. Annett has been an AI member for over thirty years and is identified by many as a strong activist for social justice. If she was perceived as speaking officially for Amnesty International, this was an error. She has given me her assurance that, at no time, was it her intention to imply AI’s involvement in this issue.

Please reassure others in your community, who may share your concern, that Amnesty International is in no way involved in the “case” of the Rev. Kevin Annett. I trust that this is satisfactory and that we may continue to deserve your support in the cause of human rights worldwide.

Sincerely,

Roger Clark
Secretary General