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September 19 2019


UN Chief Should Denounce China’s Abuses in Xinjiang

«United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should join the growing number of those speaking out publicly against China’s mass detention of over one million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, International Commission of Jurists, and World Uyghur Congress, said in a letter to the secretary-general released on September 17, 2019.

By publicly and unequivocally condemning the Chinese government’s abusive policies and calling for the immediate closing of its “political education” camps in Xinjiang, Guterres would make an important contribution in addressing one of the most pressing human rights issues during his tenure leading the United Nations.

“Secretary-General Guterres should use the weight and authority of his office to unambiguously call on China’s leadership to shut down Xinjiang’s abusive detention centers,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The countless victims of China’s latest wave of repression depend on his leadership in standing up to Beijing and demanding an end to the persecution.”»


【PDF】 Xinjiang Joint Statement

«In July, 25 countries issued a joint statement on Xinjiang at the UN Human Rights Council that raised serious concerns about the arbitrary detention and intense surveillance that the predominantly Turkic Muslim population in Xinjiang has been subjected to in recent years.» — Human Rights Watch
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May 11 2015

The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth described crimes of the Saudi led aggression on Yemen as those of Israel when dealing with civilians as legitimate targets in Gaza.

‘The Saudi wars in Yemen are similar to those of Israel when it comes to attacking civilians as legitimate targets if they do not leave their areas,’ Roth said on his facebook page commenting on the declaration of the Saudi regime that all districts of Sa’ada governorates are military targets.
— from Israel is a War Criminal (May 9 2015)

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Tags: US HRW Hypocrisy

March 23 2014


July 30 2013


Human Rights Watch Statement on Bradley Manning

This ambiguous “statement” proves that HRW has no intention of defending Bradley's human rights; it only refers to “the urgent need for reform in the laws the US has used to prosecute those who leak information to the public, as well as the need for stronger protections for national security whistleblowers” — for HRW, the persecution of Bradley Manning is only a matter of legislation, not of human rights violation. Get out, pseudo rights defenders.

China: US Should Insist on Rights Benchmarks in Talks | Human Rights Watch

The United States should use the upcoming human rights dialogue with the Chinese government to demand concrete public commitments to change policies and practices that violate human rights.

The dialogue is to convene in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on July 30 and 31, 2013. It is the first since the new Chinese leaders, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, assumed power in March.

“The most important human rights dialogue in China is the one the government should be having with citizens who are calling for their rights to be respected,” said Sophie Richardson, China director. “But in this realm the new authorities are showing bad faith.” ...

Dear Chinese government officials: in the upcoming dialogue, would you press US to take accountability for their human rights violations, such as NSA surveillance, CIA drone attacks, war on whistleblowers, and so on?

July 19 2013


HRW on Chávez vs RCTV: supporting military coup is “a matter of free speech” ?!

from Is Free Speech Really at Stake? Venezuela and RCTV (by Patrick McElwee, CommonDreams.org, May 23 2007):

For [CPJ's Carlos] Lauría, non-renewal [of RCTV's broadcast license] itself is not the problem. His concern is the process by which the decision was reached. "I assume in the US there would be a process. The FCC would follow protocol. This is what hasn't happened in Venezuela. We're not arguing that the concession should be renewed, should be given to RCTV. We're just saying that there's no process to evaluate if it should be."

[HRW's José Miguel] Vivanco also complained about the process, saying that if the government argues there is a violation of the contract, "that would be settled normally in court. Second, if there's some crimes committed, the individuals who were involved in those crimes should be prosecuted in a court of law."

On process, they have a legitimate point. The government seems to have made the decision without any administrative or judicial hearings. Unfortunately, this is what the law, first enacted in 1987, long before Chávez entered the political scene, allows. It charges the executive branch with decisions about license renewal, but does not seem to require any administrative hearing. The law should be changed, but at the current moment when broadcast licenses are up for renewal, it is the prevailing law and thus lays out the framework in which decisions are made.

However, Vivanco's critique goes beyond process to the government's justification for non-renewal. "You have the president saying, forget it, the license is not going to be renewed, it's a bunch of golpistas [coup-mongers] or fascists or whatever — which is clearly some sort of censorship. That sounds like an arbitrary decision made by the president on political grounds. And that is not acceptable."

Lauría also told me that RCTV was "selectively chosen because of opposition views."

But is support for the violent overthrow of an elected government really protected political speech? Vivanco acknowledges that RCTV "obviously probably sympathized with the coup." But, he says, "it is a matter of free speech."

Vivanco understates RCTV's connection to the coup. RCTV encouraged viewers to attend a rally that was part of the coup strategy, invited coup leaders to address the country on their channel, and reported the false information that the president had resigned. After Pedro Carmona declared himself president and dissolved the National Assembly, Supreme Court, and other democratic institutions, the head of RCTV Marcel Granier met with him in the Presidential Palace. The following day, when mass protests and loyal army units brought back President Chávez, RCTV and other stations blacked out the news, showing movies and cartoons instead.

Such actions clearly go beyond protected free speech, at least in the United States. Imagine the consequences if NBC took such actions during a coup against Bush.

In fact, RCTV's participation in the oil strike of 2002-2003, and even their joining in legal political campaigns would be grounds for revoking their broadcast license in the United States.

“it is a matter of free speech” ... this comment by Vivanco, Americas division director at HRW, is unbelievable for me. Why must we defend a broadcaster like RCTV under the name of “free speech” ? I have decisively lost my trust in HRW's statements on Latin America. Too politically biased.

July 12 2013


June 28 2013

We are well aware that HRW is independent of the U.S. government and has been critical of Washington and allied human rights violators such as the government of Colombia. But it would be naïve to assume that its research agenda and actions are completely insulated from any political influence.
Scholars Respond to HRW’s Kenneth Roth’s Riposte on Venezuelan Human Rights (Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Jan. 13 2009)

June 27 2013


The Bias of Human Rights Watch

Over the past thirty years, Human Rights Watch has become one of the most recognized non-governmental organizations in the world due to its global promotion of human rights. But despite its claims to be an advocate of international human rights law, the reports issued by Human Rights Watch over the past decade have increasingly exhibited a bias towards certain rights over others. More precisely, Human Rights Watch repeatedly focuses on political and civil rights while ignoring social and economic rights. As a result, it routinely judges nations throughout the world in a manner that furthers capitalist values and discredits governments seeking socialist alternatives. It is this bias that lies at the root of Human Rights Watch’s scathing attacks on the government of Venezuela its recently deceased president Hugo Chávez. This bias was also evident in comments made in 2012 by Ken Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, when he declared that Venezuela is “the most abusive” nation in Latin America. ...


Criticism of Human Rights Watch: Venezuela

from en.wikipedia.org:

Human Rights Watch's work in Venezuela became the subject of controversy in late 2008. In September 2008, Venezuela expelled two HRW staff accused of "anti-state activities." Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said "These groups, dressed up as human rights defenders, are financed by the United States. They are aligned with a policy of attacking countries that are building new economic models." On December 17, 2008 an open letter was sent to the HRW Board of Directors in response to an HRW report, entitled, A Decade Under Chávez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela. 118 scholars from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, México, the United States, the U.K., Venezuela, and other countries publicly criticized HRW for a perceived bias against the government of Venezuela. The open letter criticized the report by stating that it "does not meet even the most minimal standards of scholarship, impartiality, accuracy, or credibility." The letter also criticized the lead author of the report, Jose Miguel Vivanco, for his "political agenda", and called on Mr. Vivanco to discuss or debate his claims in "any public forum of his choosing". Hugh O'Shaughnessy accused HRW of using false and misleading information, and said the report was "put together with the sort of know-nothing Washington bias..." Kenneth Roth, director of Human Rights Watch responded, claiming the letter misrepresents "both the substance and the source material of the report.". Tom Porteous, Human Rights Watch's London director, replied saying that O'Shaughnessy "...not only fails to provide any evidence for these allegations" but that "...more seriously he misrepresents HRW's positions in his apparent determination to undermine our well earned international reputation for accuracy and impartiality."

June 25 2013

@wikileaks now has 1,900,691 followers. 3 times @amnesty + @hrw. Refusing to name Manning a political prisoner? How's that working for you?
— WikiLeaks (via Twitter)

June 21 2013


Governments Should Sign, Ratify Mercury Treaty

Governments around the world should sign and ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and take immediate steps to reduce mercury pollution, Human Rights Watch said today [Jun. 20 2013] in letters to environment ministers around the globe. Human Rights Watch sent its letters to countries with artisanal gold mining and to all others, including donor countries, in advance of a diplomatic conference for countries to sign the international treaty, from October 7 to 11, 2013, in Japan. For the treaty to go into force, at least 50 countries must sign.

June 19 2013


China: ‘Benefit the Masses’ Campaign Surveilling Tibetans

“It’s hard to see the ‘benefit’ to Tibetans of thousands of political education sessions, partisan quasi-police force operations, and scrutiny of their political views. In a region where people are already subjected to extraordinary monitoring, this village-level drive, alongside similar efforts directed at towns and monasteries, effectively means that Tibetans cannot avoid state surveillance.” — Sophie Richardson, China director at HRW

June 15 2013


Ecuador: End Assault on Free Speech

The Communications Law that the Ecuadorian National Assembly approved on June 14, 2013, seriously undermines free speech, Human Rights Watch said today [Jun. 14 2013]. The law includes overly broad language that will limit the free expression of journalists and media outlets. ...

HRW, end silence on Julian Assange!

May 22 2013

United States: Facebook Makes Human Rights Commitment - Human Rights Watch

Economic Times

United States: Facebook Makes Human Rights Commitment
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