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By Pang Xizhe (China Daily)
NGO's publication catered to facilitate US interests; falls short on 'scientific' analysis
On Jan 22, Lunar New Year's Eve, Human Rights Watch, a New York-based non-governmental organization (NGO), issued its Global Annual Report 2012 on human rights conditions worldwide. The report criticized the human rights conditions of more than 90 countries and regions, including China.
At first glance, Human Rights Watch appears to be keen on the protection of international human rights. But it actually carries out its work with double standards and bias. Its observations lack political neutrality and its research methods are questionable. The organization's employment of unqualified workers has also hurt the credibility of its report. Human Rights Watch should reflect inward before passing on judgment to others.
The media and international observers have long criticized Human Rights Watch for passing judgment of human rights conditions of a country or region through tinted lens. It turns a blind eye to human rights issues in some countries while criticizing others vehemently. The Sunday Times quoted a human rights insider in the United States as saying that the organization caters its reports to the US government, which greatly affects its objectivity.
The US government has been increasing its use of so-called values diplomacy, playing the human rights card frequently in Sino-US relations. In this regard, Human Rights Watch's interests fall in line with the US government's diplomatic strategy, despite its status as an NGO.
This year's report said that China's human rights conditions are worsening. It also repeated cliches on Hong Kong's declining degree of autonomy.
After the election of the Third Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) - the most democratic one in Hong Kong's history - kicked off in September 2004, Human Rights Watch issued a notorious report on human rights conditions in Hong Kong, criticizing the central government's resolution in implementing the "one country, two systems" policy.
Human Rights Watch's most recent report distorted facts again, provoking dissent between Hong Kong residents and the central government as well as the government of the Hong Kong SAR.
Human Rights Watch's hiring of disqualified people also taints its reputation.
Marc Garlasco, an expert famous for his investigation of war crimes in the Middle East, worked for the US Pentagon for seven years as a senior analyst of Iraqi intelligence. He admitted in interviews that he had been involved in at least 50 air attacks, all of which missed its targets and killed hundreds of civilians instead. An air strike targeting Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali for his use of chemical weapons on Iraqi Kurds, on April 5, 2003 in Basra missed its target and killed 17 civilians.
Garlasco, who joined Human Rights Watch in 2004, also avidly collected items with Nazi symbols. He is active on an Internet forum, nicknamed Flakk 88, and a photo was posted on the Net of him wearing a shirt with a Nazi Iron Cross.
While working as a magazine editor in 1970s, Joe Stork, senior official of the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch, wrote an editorial praising the Munich Olympic Massacre in 1972, which claimed the lives of 11 Israeli sportsmen and coaches.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, defended Stork, saying that Stork was only one of the magazine's seven editors at the time. Roth added that the editorial was written more than 30 years ago and Stork became a strong opponent against Saddam Hussein later. Such a poor explanation did not convince anyone. Moreover, it is also beyond comprehension that the organization recruited another person who worked for an anti-Semitic publication.