Friday, February 1, 2013

Human Rights Watch Continuing Distorted Priorities in 2012

Human Rights Watch Continuing Distorted Priorities in 2012

NGO Monitor..
30 January '13..

Human Rights Watch (HRW) epitomizes the ongoing crisis and moral failure of powerful non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that claim to promote the universal principles of human rights. NGO Monitor'sreview of HRW's 2012 activities, particularly in the Middle East, demonstrates that little has changed compared to previous years, and that the same individuals continue to control the organization's agenda and activities.

NGO Monitor's analysis shows:
- Rights violations and armed conflicts that are out of the media focus continue to receive little to no attention from HRW.

- HRW issued fewer condemnations of Israel in 2012 in comparison toprevious years, but HRW's emphasis on Israel continues to reflect the ideology of the leaders of the organization and the Middle East division.

- Executive Director Kenneth Roth's obsession with Israel was particularly evident in his social media postings.

- HRW's lack of a credible methodology and anti-Israel bias were prominent in November and December, in response to increased violence related to Gaza, the Palestinian statehood bid in the UN General Assembly, and other developments.

- HRW's moral blindness included the failure to recognize and condemn the genocidal threats made by Iranian government leaders (as highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and other media platforms)

- Roth was criticized by women's rights groups for acting as "an apologist, not a senior human rights advocate" in urging support for the new Muslim Brotherhood regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.

In a press release accompanying the report, Prof. Gerald Steinberg called on the chair of HRW's Board, James F. Hoge, Jr, and the other directors, to make the long-overdue personnel changes at the top, as well as in the Middle East and North Africa division.

Click here for NGO Monitor's detailed report on HRW .