HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH GOES TO SAUDI ARABIA FOR BEGGING MONEY ?

Human Rights Watch (HRW), the “globally respected” human rights NGO,

 

HRW – Human Rights Watch အဖြဲ႕အေၾကာင္းပါ၊ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႉကိုအားေပးတဲ့သူေတြကို HRW ကေရြးခ်ယ္ျပီးဆုေပးတဲ႔အတြက္ေဝဖန္ခံေနရပါတယ္၊ ဒိအဖြဲ႕ဟာေဆာ္ဒီကသေငွးေတြဆီကရန္ံု ပံုေငြနဲ႔ရပ္တည္ေနပါတယ္။ ဖတ္ၾကည့္ပါ။

Shame on Human Rights Watch – Who finance you? 

A delegation from Human Rights Watch was recently in Saudi Arabia. To investigate the mistreatment of women under Saudi Law? To campaign for the rights of homosexuals, subject to the death penalty in Saudi Arabia? To protest the lack of religious freedom in the Saudi Kingdom? To issue a report on Saudi political prisoners?

No, no, no, and no. The delegation arrived to raise money from wealthy Saudis by highlighting HRW’s demonization of Israel. An HRW spokesperson, Sarah Leah Whitson, highlighted HRW’s battles with “pro-Israel pressure groups in the US, the European Union and the United Nations.” (Was Ms. Whitson required to wear a burkha, or are exceptions made for visiting anti-Israel “human rights” activists”? Driving a car, no doubt, was out of the question.)

Apparently, Ms. Whitson found no time to criticize Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record. But never fear, HRW “recently called on the Kingdom to do more to protect the human rights of domestic workers.

There is nothing wrong with a human rights organization worrying about maltreatment of domestic workers. But there is something wrong when a human rights organization goes to one of the worst countries in the world for human rights to raise money to wage lawfare against Israel, and says not a word during the trip about the status of human rights in that country. In fact, it’s a virtual certainty that everyone in Whitson’s audience employs domestic servants, giving her a perfect, untaken opportunity to boast about HRW’s work in improving the servants’ status. But Whitson wasn’t raising money for human rights, she was raising money for HRW’s propaganda campaign against Israel.

Someone who claims to have worked for HRW wrote to me, “I can tell you that the people on the research and policy side of the organization have little, if any, contacts with people on the donor side.” If that’s true, apparently this is yet another exception HRW makes for Israel: Ms. Whitson, who gave the presentation to potential Saudi donors, is director of HRW’s Middle East and North Africa Division. Continue reading “HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH GOES TO SAUDI ARABIA FOR BEGGING MONEY ?”