Kaepernick protests earn Amnesty International honour

Kaepernick protests earn Amnesty International honour

Instead, he'll have to "settle" for something else: Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscious Award, which the human-rights organization bestowed upon him Saturday in a ceremony in Amsterdam.

But Amnesty International have made a decision to recognise the 30-year-old with their highest honour.

US President Donald Trump called for NFL teams to fire players who kneel during the national anthem, but that didn't stop the protests.

He additionally defended his determination to stage his protests in the course of the enjoying of the nationwide anthem.

"Just how can you stand for the anthem of the nation that amuses and propagates, & lsquo; justice and freedom for everybody, & rsquo; this is unjust to a lot of the people living there?"

Kaepernick wasn't signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco and remains unsigned.

Since his initial protest, many National Football League players have followed in his footsteps by kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem.

"Are you able to imagine that the disrespect for our Nation, our Flag, our Anthem continues with out penalty to the gamers", Trump tweeted final November. "The Commissioner has lost command of the league. Gamers are the boss!"

A modern negotiation amongst Kaepernick and also the Seattle Seahawks fell through, allegedly due to the fact Kaepernick would not agree to finish his demonstration, Foxnews reported.

Amnesty International's secretary general Salil Shetty described Kaepernick as "an athlete who is now widely recognised for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination". "To quote Malcolm X, when he said that he, 'will join in with anyone - I don't care what color you are - as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth, ' I am here to join with you all in this battle against police violence".

"That is an award that I share with the entire numerous individuals all through the world combating the human rights violations of cops, and their makes use of of oppressive and extreme power". Reid, a safety who is now a free agent, continued Kaepernick's protests by kneeling during the anthem last season.

Kaepernick compensated tribute to his own good friend.

"Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy", Kaepernick said. Reid has said he will take a different approach in 2018.

Previous recipients of the award Kaepernick won include anti-Apartheid campaigner and South African President Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who campaigned for girls' right to education even after surviving being shot by Taliban militants.

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