“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

CIF, Saudis and HRW.

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Many, many people are following the Garlasco debacle, but to be honest I can’t keep up with it, still CiFWatch has a rather well written piece with a discussion of these events, as they are unfolding on CiF.

People are duking it out in the Seth Freedman thread, but what I found interesting was the type of guests who were invited to the HRW meeting/presentation in Saudi Arabia.

I remember it going on, and the fuss about it, but I hadn’t fully appreciated how many Saudi bigwigs were there, as HRW says it self:

“The roughly 50 guests at the reception in Riyadh included three with governmental affiliations: the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior; the deputy head of the Human Rights Commission, a governmental organization; and a member of the Shura Council, a government-appointed consultative body.”

They make a point of saying:

“None was solicited for funds, nor would Human Rights Watch ever accept funds from such officials, in any country.”

And I’m sure that HRW wouldn’t have solicited funds, they wouldn’t need to, that’s not how it works.

Money in this case is such a vulgar topic, rather they would make a generalized presentation and there would be an implicit, an inferred, unwritten, understanding between the guests and the hosts that should they agree then at some point, in the future, some money may come from a Saudi source. It would be all very nebulous, if it came to that, nothing crude, nothing vulgar, unspoken. I daresay Sir Humphrey Appleby would admire their manoeuvering, but it does leave a bit of a sour taste in the mouth for the rest of us.

I have admired HRW’s work in the past, pity that they’ve had to compromise themselves in this way.

Written by modernityblog

15/09/2009 at 02:00

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  1. HRW has become ‘spoiled goods’. Not that it is that much different from the UN as a whole. It has been penetrated by extreme left wing members whose interpretation of reality in the world is no longer mainstream.

    Nothing now surprises me coming from that organisation. Soliciting funds from Saudi Arabia and publishing a report about perceived human rights transgressions by Israel written a person who collects Nazi paraphernalia.

    Next. No doubt a report about the human rights transgressions against children in Afghanistan written by a pedophile.

    Clap Hammer

    15/09/2009 at 04:09

  2. Human Reich Watch. Heh.


    15/09/2009 at 12:37

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