Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) is a US-based non-governmental organization. It is funded by Statesian capitalists but does not receive funding directly from the U.S. government. HRW condemned the Cuban government but did not criticize the U.S. blockade of Cuba.[1] It supported the 2019 coup in Bolivia against Evo Morales.[2]

A letter written by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire, former UN Assistant Secretary General Hans von Sponeck, current UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk, and over 100 scholars criticized HRW for routinely hiring U.S. government officials, demanding Human Rights Watch "close [its] revolving door to [the] U.S. government." Citing examples of officials on HRW America's advisory committee including Miguel Díaz, a former CIA analyst, who would join the State Department to act as an intermediary for NGOs after leaving HRW; Michael Shifter, a director for the National Endowment for Democracy; Myles Frechette, a former U.S. ambassador, and others not in the advisory committee such as HRW's Washington advocacy director, Tom Malinowski, who had formerly served under Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright; HRW Board of Directors' Vice Chair Susan Manilow, who described herself as a "longtime friend of Bill Clinton", the letter noted the organization's ties to the U.S. government and HRW's hypocritical stances towards Syria and Venezuela in line with U.S. policies.[3]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

The Hypocrisy of Human Rights Watch by NACLA

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tim Anderson (2010-02-16). "How Credible Is Human Rights Watch on Cuba?" Monthly Review. Archived from the original on 2021-05-16. Retrieved 2022-08-09.
  2. Alan MacLeod (2019-11-25). "How Human Rights Watch whitewashed a right-wing massacre in Bolivia" Monthly Review. Archived from the original on 2021-10-10. Retrieved 2022-08-09.
  3. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, et al. (2014-05-13). "Nobel Peace Laureates to Human Rights Watch: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government" Venezuela Analysis. Archived from the original on 2020-01-16.