Questionable Motives

October 24, 2009

What’s wrong with Human Rights Watch?

Filed under: Criticism,Human Rights,Middle East — tildeb @ 11:49 pm

Human rights watchAS the founder of Human Rights Watch, its active chairman for 20 years and now founding chairman emeritus, I must do something that I never anticipated: I must publicly join the group’s critics. Human Rights Watch had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters. But recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.

A timely and thoughtful opinion piece from Robert L. Bernstein, the former president and chief executive of Random House, who was the chairman of Human Rights Watch from 1978 to 1998.m

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