March 18th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

Submit your questions for Amnesty Secretary General Salil Shetty

The United Nations this week sees negotiators reconvening to try to hammer out an agreement on how to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons. Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty is in New York this week for the conference, and will also be fielding questions from GPS readers on this and other issues.

Shetty, the organization’s eighth secretary general, joined Amnesty International in July 2010, and readers are invited to submit their questions in the comments section about Amnesty’s work and the key international issues the organization covers.

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  1. Ejaz Raboodi

    The recent use of pepper gas,expired tear gas shells n shooting bullets/live rounds at unarmed Kashmiri protestors by Indian forces in Kashmir.India surpassing China as the largest procurer of arms n ammunition in the world which is mostly used to contain ethnic populations that want separation from India.How can Amnesty n Humanity put pressure on India?

    March 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  2. Toyin Ajidele

    Is cyber crime the final frontier for human rights? With increasing use of 'big data' how can technology be used as an instrument for change without facing the wrath of misguided governments?

    March 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  3. Amit

    Pakistan's mililtary backed terrorists recently mutilated Indian soldiers in Kashmir. What is Amnesty international doing to stop the human rights violations by Pakistan's military and terrorists?

    March 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Junaid

      The same thing they do for the past 50 years when they don't stop the Indian army from killing kashmiris. Look the other way

      March 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  4. Shelagh Marks

    What do you see as Amnesty International's greatest challenge at this time. Do you think the demonstrated rise in the power of social media has helped or hindered your mandate?

    March 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  5. amjadmkhan

    Some 4 million Ahmadis will not be allowed to freely vote in Pakistan's upcoming elections. What is Amnesty International doing to redress this human rights issue?

    March 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply

    Out of 7 billion, 70 million are doing really well, the rest, between abject poverty and scraping by. That's a lot of people fighting over scraps. Equatable distribution may help a few but nothing will help like negative population growth. There is no economically growing our way to prosperity because the planets resources are finite and we're at the wall folks. At this rate it won't be long before human life will have no value. It has no value in many places right now, not because of nasty human nature but because of resource deletion. I hope the new pope is at your meeting.

    March 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  7. EU citizen

    Hello, Mr.Shetty
    does the Amnesty Intl. monitor the situation in Myanmar and Rohingya people? Should we be affraid of another escalation, so called 3rd massacre (means genocide) or "at least" eviction of about 800k people?
    #Rohingya #Burma @Aungaungsittwe @GeorgieBC @VoiceRohingyaa

    March 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  8. marc

    It's not uncommon for political prisoners to do something labeled as unlawful in their respective countries to further awareness of injustices. Why isn't Bradley Manning considered a political prisoner by Amnesty?

    March 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  9. 100 % ETHIO

    I read your March 18 2013 messages from VOA news.

    Dear Secretary General, Salil Shetty;
    Usually, Amnesty International looks after political prisoners to be pardon.
    1) What is your role on current meeting? Do you expect good results after the meetings?

    2) After you rule-out/regulated the treaty, if those leaders do not obeyed, what action(s) you are going to take, to stop them?

    3) Who sold the Manhattan Project, previously?

    4) After WWII, Nuclear Weapons are owned by more Countries. Why you did let these happened?
    What you were waiting for?

    Welcome to America.
    Enjoy your stay.

    March 19, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
  10. PrettyRiRi

    Dear Secretary General,Salil Shetty
    Eritrea is one of the most refugee producing country in Africa. one of the many reasons they flee is because of the indefinite national service in Eritrea.Eritreans in East Sudan refugee camps are being kidnapped By human traffickers rashaida And tortured for ransom.If the families of the victims fail to pay ransom the victims are killed and their organs taken.Why is Amnesty silent about ongoing abuses against eritrean Refugees in the hands of bedouin rashaida in Sinai? Eritrean men,women,children and even babies are being target by those barbaric human traffickers.Currently an 8 year old Ahlam and her parents are held hostages in Sinai.Please do something to stop Human trafficking in sinai which targets eritrean refugees.Sad that this has been going on for years and the world is silent.

    March 19, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
  11. j. von hettlingen

    The global arms trade is a business worth over $60 bn every year. Last July was an historic moment as it was the first time that there'd been global regulation on the conventional arms trade. Yet the conference saw a disheartening end to a month of intense negotiations without agreement, although it was a good idea to adopt such a tready.
    My question is, is it really so difficult to police arms trade and to ensure that certain regimes abide by the regulation?

    March 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  12. karthick

    I must support and praise you for all your efforts in maintaining peace across the world but you still have to fight for justice in particular srilankan tamils

    March 20, 2013 at 2:24 am | Reply

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