I was pleased to see from Reporters Without Borders an articulate and informative condemnation of the conviction of American journalist Roxana Saberi by an Iranian “court.” However, where is Amnesty International? Silence on its website. Human Rights Watch found time to criticize the U.S. for not attending the Israel-bashing in Switzerland, but its website is also devoid of criticism for Iran.
Such episodes make it plain that defense of “human rights” (including journalist freedom) has been abandoned by left-leaning groups, which see human rights’ main utility as a club with which to beat the U.S. and Israel. I eagerly await the words of condemnation of Ms. Saberi’s conviction from such luminaries as Rep. John Conyers and the UN Human Rights Council.