A campaign manages to achieve that Amnesty International is ordered to return a donation to promote abortion in Ireland

A campaign manages to achieve that Amnesty International is ordered to return a donation to promote abortion in Ireland

  • More than 1,500 people asked the Standards in Public Office commission (SIPO) to investigate the 137,000 euros contribution made to the NGO by the Hungarian magnate George Soros for infringing the Irish law that prohibits to receive any funds from foreign sources to influence the country’s politics.
  • The president of CitizenGO, Ignacio Arsuaga, assesses the success of the initiative in these terms: “Now all that is left is that Amnesty International returns the money to the Open Society Foundations just as they are being asked to by Irish authorities. It is a great citizen victory in favour of the right to life.”


MADRID, DECEMBER 13 2017.- A campaign promoted by the platform CitizenGO managed to achievethat Amnesty International is investigated and ordered to return a donation made to promote abortion in Ireland.

The executive president of this NGO in the country, Colm O'Gorman, has publicly acknowledged that the initiative carried out by CitizenGO has been decisive for the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to apply the regulations on the receipt of foreign donations by entities that make political campaigns in Ireland.

The fact is, thanks to this campaign spread through the internet, more than 1,500 people asked the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to investigate the 137,000 euros contribution made to the NGO by the Hungarian magnate George Soros through the Open Society Foundations. The infringement of the Irish law that prohibits to receive any funds from foreign sources to influence the country’s internal politics was the reason for the claim.

The petition demanded that in case it was proved that Amnesty International received the donation in an illegal way, it was ordered to be returned. However O’Gorman, as if he was above the law, has assured that Amnesty Ireland will disobey the instructions from the SIPO and won´t return the funds.

Nevertheless, the society is insisting that the NGO returns the amount of the donation to Soros. In fact, it has been announced that a group of Irish citizens is going to request a court order this week to oblige Amnesty International to abide by the law.

The president of CitizenGO, Ignacio Arsuaga, assessesthe success in these terms: “Now all that is left is that Amnesty International returns the money to the Open Society Foundations just as they are being asked to by Irish authorities. It is a great citizen victory in favour of the unborn children”.

The economic collaboration form the Hungarian multimillionaire was made public in Amnesty Ireland’s web with these words: “We also receive funds from philanthropic organisations to work on specific issues. The funding for this projects can only be spent on these areas. For example, our ‘It’s time. Abolish the eighth amendment’ is funded partly by a donation from the Open Society Foundations”.

“The organised civil society has achieved that the campaign for the abolishment of the amendment from the Irish Constitution that recognises the right to life of the unborn children receives less funds. It is a very relevant success for everyone”, concludes Arsuaga.