Human Rights Watch
|Human Rights Watch|
|Interests||Human Rights, regime change|
|Sponsored by||Adessium Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Ford Foundation|
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international non-governmental organization which conducts research and advocacy on human rights. The organization shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and it played a leading role in the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions.
The group pressures governments, policy makers, companies, and individual human rights abusers to denounce abuse and respect human rights, and the group often works on behalf of refugees, children, migrants, and political prisoners.
The group has been accused to be selective in their reporting.
Human Rights Watch was co-founded by Robert L. Bernstein, Jeri Laber and Aryeh Neier as a private American NGO in 1978, under the name Helsinki Watch, to monitor the then-Soviet Union's compliance with the Helsinki Accords. Helsinki Watch adopted a practice of publicly "naming and shaming" abusive governments through media coverage and through direct exchanges with policymakers. By shining the international spotlight on human rights violations in the Soviet Union and its European partners, Helsinki Watch says it contributed to the democratic transformations of the region in the late 1980s.
Americas Watch was founded in 1981 while bloody civil wars engulfed Central America. Relying on extensive on-the-ground fact-finding, Americas Watch not only addressed perceived abuses by government forces but also applied international humanitarian law to investigate and expose war crimes by rebel groups. In addition to raising its concerns in the affected countries, Americas Watch also examined the role played by foreign governments, particularly the United States government, in providing military and political support to abusive regimes.
Asia Watch (1985), Africa Watch (1988) and Middle East Watch (1989) were added to what was known as "The Watch Committees". In 1988, all of these committees were united under one umbrella to form Human Rights Watch.
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A Quote by Human Rights Watch
|Human rights||“Ironically, in light of its long-stated commitment to upholding human rights at home and in its foreign policy, the US government today poses a threat to the universality of human rights.”||1999||1999 World Report|
|Adessium Foundation||An secretive foundation that donates to projects backed by western governments.|
|Open Society Foundations||A NGO operating in more countries than McDonald's. It has the tendency to support politicians (at times through astroturfing) and activists that get branded as "extreme left" as its founder is billionaire and bane of the pound George Soros. This polarizing perspective causes the abnormal influence of the OSF to go somewhat unanswered.|
|The Ford Foundation||In addition to its own billionaire agenda, also known to have been $$$ middleman for covert CIA funding.|
Documents sourced from Human Rights Watch
|File:Bloody Vengeance in Sirte.pdf||report||2011 Attacks on Libya|
|October 2012||A harrowing report on the final days of Muammar Gaddafi, notable less for its background analysis of the 2011 NATO sponsored Libyan conflict, or its recommendations which are standard fare but pointedly fail to even mention Foreign/NATO culpability which is assumed to have been legitimate, but rather for an authoritative account of just one small instance of the raw barbarity which NATO played such a major part in enabling - under the banner of 'Humanitarian Intervention'.|
|File:Rainoffire.pdf||report||Gaza War (2008–09)|
|A report on Israeli use of white phosphorous munitions during Operation Cast Lead against the Gaza Strip December 2008 - Jan 2009. It documents extensive use of illegal munitions and is notable for some startling pictures of white phosphorous trails raining down on fleeing civilians.|