Bernard Keane wrote yesterday that "there appear to be four grounds for criticising the government's excision of the mainland, none of which are valid reasons for opposing it". Amnesty International remains firmly opposed to the government's excision policy and, as I was quoted in Keane’s article, we would especially like to reiterate that our criticisms are entirely valid.

The first criticism has little to do with our work. Amnesty International has no problem with politicians changing their position -- indeed that is what we often call for to improve human rights around the world. Amnesty International has remained consistent in our opposition to excision since it was first introduced in 2001.