Legal eagles shit on HRW

From Aporrea, one of those things that make you want to crow…or just watch somebody else eat it:

Attorneys belonging to the American Association of Jurists rejected the content of the report on human rights in Venezuela presented by José Miguel Vivanco, the director of Human Rights Watch, on Monday.

On the VTV program Dando y Dando, the jurists advised that the sources mentioned in the report were all based in stories from opposition media and NGOs, as well as references to private institutions.

Carlos Chacón, president of the association, said that the report is politically motivated and that the executive secretary of Human Rights Watch is a member of the CIA directorate and that the government of Venezuela is in their crosshairs.


For his part, the vice-president of the organization, Ernesto Amezquita, emphasized that this precedent would serve to unmask many “self-styled human rights institutions” who have made a business of this topic and who “sell themselves to the highest bidder”.

Translation mine.

BTW, if you haven’t yet read Michael Barker’s excellent exposé of HRW, who’s in it and who’s behind it, now would be a good time. I frankly wasn’t surprised to find out that the infamous Ford Foundation is a major contributor. The Ford Foundation has long used “human rights” in Latin America as a mask for their corporate founders’ distinctly antidemocratic, anti-rights activities, and of course, their ties to the CIA as well.

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One Response to Legal eagles shit on HRW

  1. Jim Hadstate says:

    Wow, Sabina! Michael Barker’s article stunned me.
    I had no idea. One of the principles put forth in the article is to look critically at NGO’s, even those who appear to agree with your own philosophy. I will do so in the future.

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