“Given what we’ve heard from our members before we went there, I think it this is in accordance with that—no more, no less,” says Anna Lúðvíksdóttir, leader of the Icelandic chapter of Amnesty International.
She was speaking about the number of people who have quit Amnesty International Iceland after the international organization agreed this week, at its world meeting in Dublin, to push for the decriminalization of prostitution. The Icelandic chapter did not support the proposal and abstained in the vote.
Guðrún Jónsdóttir, spokesperson for the Stígamót sexual abuse charity, says that people all over the Nordic countries, and further afield, are saying they will distance themselves from Amnesty International. Some 8,800 people are members of Amnesty in Iceland, with some already having left the organization yesterday.