A New Frontier in Human Rights Advocacy?

I have written on occasion about the ideological and political corruption of those groups that claim the mantle of human rights advocacy. The American Friends Service Committee, for example, a 1947 Nobel peace prize laureate, has since conflated pacifism with politics and has subsequently shilled for such regimes at the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, North Korea’s murderous regime, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Human Rights Watch has become so obsessed with the Jewish state, that it has lost its moral bearings. Indeed, Robert L. Bernstein, the founding chairman of Human Rights Watch, took to the pages of the New York Times in 2009 to call his former organization out for its bias, polemics, and lack of professionalism. It gets worse: Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International partnered with an al-Qaeda financier cloaking himself as a human rights advocate. Even after his terrorist designation, however, neither group bothered to review the materials that he had supplied them and which they incorporated blindly into their own reporting.

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A New Frontier in Human Rights Advocacy?

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