Human Rights Watch Goes to Saudi Arabia to Demonize Israel and Raise Money
May 28, 2009
Human Rights Watch, which was largely created and funded by Jewish donors to promote traditional human rights concerns, is now cooperating and seeking funding from the leaders of Saudi Arabia - one of the major violators of the norms that HRW claims to promote. An article in the Arab News praised Human Rights Watch for "gaining more recognition and support in
The Arab News article quotes Sarah Leah Whitson extensively (there is no indication of whether Kenneth Roth, who, as a Jew, would generally be refused entry by the Saudis, was allowed in as part of this benefit for HRW). Whitson is director of HRW
Similarly, Whitson told the Saudi leaders about HRW
Saudi Press: Tuesday 26 May 2009 (01 Jumada al-Thani 1430)
HRW lauded for work in
Nasser Salti | Arab News —
Other prominent members of Saudi society, human rights activists and dignitaries were invited to the dinner held to honor the guests.
In an introductory speech at the dinner, Al-Hejailan said the credo of human rights is rising in the Kingdom. He commended Human Rights Watch (HRW) for its work on
HRW presented a documentary and spoke on the report they compiled on
"Human Rights Watch provided the international community with evidence of
Whitson pointed out that the group managed to testify about Israeli abuses to the US Congress on three occasions. "
Keeping with its mission of even-handed criticism, Human Rights Watch has also leveled criticism at other states in the region, including
Hassan Elmasry, a member of HRW
“Supporters can spot and fully discuss human rights cases or stories with friends or family members before passing stories or cases to HRW," Elmasry said.
The group is facing a shortage of funds because of the global financial crisis and the work on
"Our work involved a lot of travel and expenses for researchers. We are so modest and conservative in running a tight budget of less than $2 million to cover costs and expenses for over 20 researchers working on the Middle East and
"Half of this amount comes from individual donors. We call businessmen in
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