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Rights Watchdog, Lost in the Mideast or An Open Eye On The Watchers


World  (tags: 'HUMANRIGHTS!', 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', ethics, freedoms, middle-east, world, war )

David
- 3561 days ago - nytimes.com
AS 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.



   

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David R (26)
Tuesday October 20, 2009, 9:02 am
At Human Rights Watch, we always recognized that open, democratic societies have faults and commit abuses. But we saw that they have the ability to correct them — through vigorous public debate, an adversarial press and many other mechanisms that encourage reform.

That is why we sought to draw a sharp line between the democratic and nondemocratic worlds, in an effort to create clarity in human rights. We wanted to prevent the Soviet Union and its followers from playing a moral equivalence game with the West and to encourage liberalization by drawing attention to dissidents like Andrei Sakharov, Natan Sharansky and those in the Soviet gulag — and the millions in China’s laogai, or labor camps.
 

Beatrice B (112)
Tuesday October 20, 2009, 11:04 am
Here's another one:

Dear Beatrice,

How wide is the space for Palestinian non-violent activism? Two by two meters (seven by seven feet). That is the size of the windowless cell where Mohammad Othman is being held in solitary confinement in an Israeli jail.

Over 4,500 people have already sent emails, asking President Obama to press Israel for Mohammad's release. But we need more.



Mohammad's crime? He was detained on September 22 by Israeli authorities when returning to the West Bank after a trip to Norway, where he advocated for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Over three weeks have passed, during which he has been submitted to long interrogation sessions -- some lasting up to 18 hours -- where he has been questioned about his trips to Europe and meetings with European groups. He has not been charged with anything.



We suspect he is in jail simply because of his BDS advocacy. A large number of Palestinian activists are now saying, "If you want to arrest the BDS movement, you have to catch us all!"

Advocating for nonviolent means to end the occupation is not a crime!

Please help us Free Mohammad Othman.

Thanks,

Sydney Levy
Jewish Voice for Peace















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David R (26)
Tuesday October 20, 2009, 11:58 am
The fact is your are reading this from an Israeli organization.

Once again...,

At Human Rights Watch, we always recognized that open, democratic societies have faults and commit abuses. But we saw that they have the ability to correct them — through vigorous public debate, an adversarial press and many other mechanisms that encourage reform.

That is why we sought to draw a sharp line between the democratic and nondemocratic worlds, in an effort to create clarity in human rights. We wanted to prevent the Soviet Union and its followers from playing a moral equivalence game with the West and to encourage liberalization by drawing attention to dissidents like Andrei Sakharov, Natan Sharansky and those in the Soviet gulag — and the millions in China’s laogai, or labor camps.
 

Amalia Ahuva k (105)
Wednesday October 21, 2009, 7:51 am
Can this eyes-opener article make the blind, or rather the self-blindfolded, actually see?
 

David R (26)
Wednesday October 21, 2009, 6:29 pm
Nah!!!
 
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