Human Rights Watch (HRW)
- Homepage: http://www.humanrightswatch.org/
May 2003: "More than 150 dedicated professionals work for Human Rights Watch around the world.... Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world. Human Rights Watch then publishes those findings in dozens of books and reports every year, generating extensive coverage in local and international media....Human Rights Watch started in 1978...Human Rights Watch is based in New York...Human Rights Watch tracks developments in more than 70 countries around the world. " http://www.hrw.org/about/whoweare.html
December 2012: '"Moving a flawed and contradictory draft to a vote is not the right way to guarantee fundamental rights or to promote respect for the rule of law," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.'http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/01/world/meast/egypt-protests/index.html
November 2012: 'The government decision "seems to completely disregard their basic rights," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "There is no justification for equating political dissent with damaging Bahrain's security."'http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/07/world/meast/bahrain-activists-citizenship/index.html
September 2012: 'But nearly four years later, progress has been halting. In January, Human Rights Watch noted that security forces “remain above the law” and described the rise of a new problem — “enforced disappearances” — in which a growing number of people have disappeared after being abducted.'http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/world/asia/killing-of-bangladesh-labor-leader-spotlights-grievances-of-workers.html
August 2012: "The country, according to a Human Rights Watch report, has one of worst records on women's rights in the world. Women are treated as legal minors and often must have a man's permission to leave their homes, seek medical care, participate in public life, study, go to government offices and courts or even make decisions for their children. The genders are strictly segregated. Women cannot drive."http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/cesari-saudi-women-sports/index.html
February 2012: 'While many governments repress their populations and respond with violence to public demands for change, what distinguishes the Syrian case is that all the leading human rights organizations -- Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the U.N. Human Rights Council -- have unanimously characterized the policies of the Syrian regime as "crimes against humanity."'http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/23/opinion/hashemi-syria-moral-imperative/index.html
December 2011: "The alliance maintained this position even after two independent Western organizations — Human Rights Watch and the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, or Civic — met privately with NATO officials and shared field research about mistakes, including, in some cases, victims’ names and the dates and locations where they died."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/world/africa/scores-of-unintended-casualties-in-nato-war-in-libya.html
July 2001: "BOGOTA, Colombia, July 9 -- The largest rebel group here regularly violates the rights of noncombatants by attacking civilians, kidnapping for ransom, recruiting children and focusing on medical workers, all in spite of the group's occasional pledges to abide by some international rights norms, Human Rights Watch says in a new report."http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/10/world/10COLO.html
September 2011: 'The detentions reflect “a deep-seated racism and anti-African sentiment in Libyan society,” said Peter Bouckaert, a researcher with Human Rights Watch who visited several jails. “It is very clear to us that most of those detained were not soldiers and have never held a gun in their life.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/world/africa/05migrants.html
September 2011: '“The rendition program was all about handing over these significant figures related to Al Qaeda so they could torture them and get the information they wanted,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director of Human Rights Watch, who studied the documents in the intelligence headquarters in downtown Tripoli.'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/world/africa/03libya.html
June 2011: '“Without the wave of international support for Ai and the popular expressions of dismay and disgust about the circumstances of his disappearance and detention, it’s highly unlikely the Chinese government would have released him,” Phelim Kine, an Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch, said in an e-mail. “The public announcement of his release signals that the Chinese government has had to respond to this pressure and that the cost-benefit ratio of continuing to detain him was no longer tenable.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/world/asia/23artist.html
June 2011: '"It's very important to drive because it is a basic right," said Nadya Khalife, a Human Rights Watch women's rights researcher for the Middle East and North Africa. "The freedom of movement is a basic right. Saudi Arabia is the only country that bans driving for women."'http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/06/17/saudi.women.drivers/
June 2011: "A report by Human Rights Watch released Wednesday states that some local officials have reacted to mass poisonings by arbitrarily limiting lead testing, withholding and possibly manipulating test results, denying proper treatment to children and adults and trying to silence parents and activists."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/world/asia/15lead.html
June 2011: '"We documented a systematic attack on medical staff in Bahrain including the beatings, torture and disappearances of more than 30 physicians," said Richard Sollom, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights....Its report echoes those released earlier by Human Rights Watch and Doctors Without Borders.'http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/06/13/bahrain.unrest/index.html
May 2011: '"Nogwaza's death is the latest in a long series of sadistic crimes against lesbians, gay men, and transgender people in South Africa," said Dipika Nath, researcher in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch.'http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/05/05/south.africa.gay.activist.killed/index.html
February 2010: 'But they don't even try. They abdicate, and that abdication has been a huge moral failure. It's a cold hard fact that the Olympics have become vehicles for evil, partly thanks to their scale. In 2007 and 2008, Human Rights Watch documented scores of human rights abuses directly linked to the Beijing Games. From forced evictions to the arrest of dissidents, the Olympics led to "an overall deterioration of human rights in China." The Olympics are leaving huge debts -- of all sorts -- in their wake. In some cases, they left men and women broken and in jail. For the moment, this is the IOC's real legacy.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/27/AR2010022703315.html
October 2009: "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. Human Rights Watch had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters. But recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/opinion/20bernstein.html
September 2009: 'A December 2008 report by the New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) went as far as to assert a "disturbing continuity" with Saddam Hussein-era detention. A committee set up by the Iraqi government in June is investigating abuses. But a lack of accountability and political will, say human rights workers, are serious impediments to reversing the culture of abuse cultivated under Mr. Hussein.'http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0912/p08s01-wome.html
August 2009: "BAGHDAD, Aug. 16 -- Human Rights Watch will urge in a report to be released Monday that the Iraqi government do more to protect gay men, saying militiamen have killed and tortured scores in recent months as part of a social cleansing campaign."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/16/AR2009081602088.html
August 2009: "Saudi Arabia's much praised rehabilitation program for terror suspects is under fire from the US-based Human Rights Watch because its participants are detained for lengthy periods without charges."http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0810/p06s05-wome.html
August 2009: "Most states prohibit corporal punishment in public schools, but 20 do not. The two watchdog groups that collaborated on the report, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, are urging federal and state lawmakers to extend the ban nationwide and enact an immediate moratorium on physical punishment of students with disabilities."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/education/11punish.html
August 2009: 'Human Rights Watch urges America to scale back its sex-offender registries. Those convicted of minor, non-violent offences should not be required to register, says Ms Tofte. Nor should juveniles. Sex offenders should be individually assessed, and only those judged likely to rape someone or abuse a child should be registered. Such decisions should be regularly reviewed and offenders who are rehabilitated (or who grow too old to reoffend) should be removed from the registry. The information on sex-offender registries should be held by the police, not published online, says Ms Tofte, and released “on a need-to-know basis”. Blanket bans on all sex offenders living and working in certain areas should be abolished. Instead, it makes sense for the most dangerous offenders sometimes to face tailored restrictions as a condition of parole.'http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14164614
June 2009: "International migrant workers, foreign students and political refugees are often endangered by laws that discriminate against people with AIDS, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch reported last week."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/health/23glob.html
January 2009: 'Fred Abrahams, a senior researcher with the advocacy group Human Rights Watch, said Hamas is unquestionably committing a war crime when it fires rockets into civilian areas of Israel. But he said there are also serious questions over the legality of Israel's war tactics. "I am convinced the IDF has conceived its interpretation of the [international] law to come up to the very limit, and possibly over," he said.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/14/AR2009011404009.html
December 2008: 'Human rights groups said the judge should hold a full hearing to determine that any pleas are free from coercion. "In light of the men's severe mistreatment, the judge should require a full and thorough factual inquiry to determine whether or not these pleas are voluntary," said Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch. Daskal also said Mohammed's possible influence over the others should be explored.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/08/AR2008120801087.html
August 2008: 'Nicholas Bequelin, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, a private group based in New York, said he and other rights advocates had been skeptical that China would fulfill its pledge to allow greater free speech during the Olympic Games. Still, he said, the International Olympic Committee should be held accountable for not pressing China on the issue. “The I.O.C. seems oblivious to the fact that they’re holding the Games in a repressive environment,” he said.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/19/sports/olympics/19protest.html
May 2008: "Two new reports, issued Monday by the Sentencing Project in Washington and by Human Rights Watch in New York, both say the racial disparities reflect, in large part, an overwhelming focus of law enforcement on drug use in low-income urban areas, with arrests and incarceration the main weapon."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/us/06disparities.html
March 2008: 'Nevertheless, the release Tuesday of two reports by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) underscores continuing human rights abuses in Saudi society. Based on what the rights group calls "hundreds of interviews" with Saudi officials, former detainees, and their families, the reports describe cases of long detention without charges or trial, sometimes in solitary confinement, arbitrary arrests, lack of legal counsel, and forced confessions.'http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0326/p06s01-wome.html
February 2008: "The Human Rights Watch report states that the commission has opposed attempts to strengthen Mexico's state rights commissions and to bring the country into compliance with international human rights standards. In 2002, it refused to join in an analysis of Mexican human rights conducted by the administration of then-President Vicente Fox and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the report states."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021301994.html
February 2008: "Human Rights Watch, a New York-based advocacy group, has used its past 17 annual surveys to highlight the most egregious humanitarian crises in the world and to note improvements when warranted. The latest report marks a break with that tradition by focusing on democracy and the ways in which U.S. influence have affected other countries' pursuit of it."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/31/AR2008013103575.html
January 2008: 'Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel for Human Rights Watch, asked, "Under what circumstances would the United States ever accept as legal one of its citizens being strapped to a board and suffocated with water?"'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/30/AR2008013001654.html
December 2007: "But Human Rights Watch says it has documented dozens of cases of severe abuse by Ethiopian troops in the Ogaden, including gang rapes, burned villages and what it calls “demonstration killings,” like hangings and beheadings, meant to terrorize the population."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/15/world/africa/15ethiopia.html
December 2007: 'Tom Malinowski, Washington director of Human Rights Watch, said General Hayden’s claim that the [Al Qaeda interrogation] tapes were destroyed to protect C.I.A. officers “is not credible.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/washington/07intel.html
November 2007: 'Human Rights Watch said it has called on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah "to immediately void the verdict and drop all charges against the rape victim and to order the court to end its harassment of her lawyer."'http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/11/20/saudi.rape.victim/index.html
November 2007: Since democracy returned to Nigeria in 1999, politicians across the country have used cults to intimidate opponents and rig votes. A Human Rights Watch report published in October concluded that the political system was so corroded by corruption and violence that, in some places, it resembled more a criminal enterprise than a system of government. The April elections were so brazenly rigged in some areas and so badly marred by violence that international observers said the results were not credible.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/09/world/africa/09nigeria.html
November 2007: When details of the operation became known, high French officials, United Nations officials, and indignant French citizens, newspapers and child protection agencies sounded their disapproval of Zoé’s Ark’s actions. Jo Becker, child rights advocate at Human Rights Watch in New York, said that removing a child from his or her immediate surroundings might make sense only under circumstances like immediate risk of being forced into military service or a threat of immediate harm. “We would always say,” she said, “that the best place for children is in their community and with their families.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/weekinreview/04polgreen.html
October 2007: Joanne Mariner, director of terrorism and counterterrorism research for Human Rights Watch, said the CIA has moved many prisoners from country to country and relied on other spy services to take custody of suspects, sometimes temporarily and sometimes for good.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/26/AR2007102602326.html
October 2007: “In recent years the military has continued to expand while at the same time losing large numbers of soldiers to desertion,” a co-author of the report, Jo Becker, said in an interview. “Recruiters and civilian agents are sweeping boys as young as 11 and 12 off the streets. Children are literally being bought and sold by recruiters.” Ms. Becker is the director of children’s rights advocacy for Human Rights Watch.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/world/asia/31child.html
October 2007: A variety of armed groups, including the Congolese military, have routinely terrorized civilians across eastern Congo in the past year, with killings, massacres, rapes, abductions, looting and other brutalities perpetrated by all parties in the conflict, according to a report released Tuesday by New York-based Human Rights Watch.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/23/AR2007102302072.html
October 2007: Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, said the ruling highlights the need for oversight of the government's transfer policies. 'It's an important and significant development and positive step forward,' Daskal said. 'Having a court step in and order the administration not to transfer a detainee to what is likely torture sets a precedent for other courts and other judges to do the same thing.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/09/AR2007100901537.html
October 2007: Human Rights Watch warned on Tuesday that wealthy and violent political godfathers have hijacked Nigeria's eight-year-old democracy while enjoying almost total impunity for their misdeeds.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/09/AR2007100900956.html
October 2007: “Fujimori, like Pinochet, was once considered invincible,” said Daniel Wilkinson, deputy director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch. “Now the definition of invincibility has been shaken.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/weekinreview/07romero.html
October 2007: “The crackdown on the media and on information flow is parallel to the physical crackdown,” said David Mathieson, an expert on Myanmar with Human Rights Watch, “and it seems they’ve done it quite effectively. Since Friday we’ve seen no new images come out.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/world/asia/04info.html
September 2007: In 2004, Human Rights Watch published a devastating report that linked the rising incidence of HIV/AIDS cases in Jamaica to the rampant bigotry on the island."http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20642693/site/newsweek
August 2007: Separatist militants in Thailand's mostly Muslim southern provinces have stepped up a decades-long, low-intensity insurgency into a wave of brutal bomb attacks, assassinations, machete hackings and, in some cases, beheadings and mutilations in the past 3 1/2 years, an extensive Human Rights Watch report said today.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/27/AR2007082701355.html
August 2007: “I don’t think they are remotely comparable, and even in Britain it’s quite controversial,” said Dinah PoKempner, the general counsel of Human Rights Watch in New York. China has fewer limits on police power, fewer restrictions on how government agencies use the information they gather and fewer legal protections for those suspected of crime, she noted.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/business/worldbusiness/12security.html
May 2007: "This is only the second time in the organization's 29-year history that it has issued a book-size report on a corporation...when the world's largest economy has labor laws that are so weak that it is unable to prevent the world's largest corporation from violating workers' rights to organize, it is troubling."Human Rights Watch report says that Wal-Mart's anti-union actions create a 'climate of fear' at its U.S. stores."http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/apr2007/db20070430_084675.htm
May 2007: The arrests are 'just one of a series of threats to freedom of expression that have emerged in the past year, and you have to see it in the context of a broader political crackdown that the government is engaged in right now,' says Elijah Zarwan, the Egypt researcher for Human Rights Watch. 'In Abdel Moneim's case … he was singled out because he helps run the Brotherhood's English-language website, because he's organized others to start blogging, and because he's spoken out at international human rights conferences.'http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0502/p01s04-wome.html
April 2007: Much as in the United States in the 1960s, in Mexico it is the state legislatures that have become abortion flash points. Abortion rights advocates scored their biggest victory in 2000 in the state of Yucatan, northwest of Cancun. Yucatan now allows abortions for women who already have three children and can prove that they cannot afford another child. All Mexican states permit abortions for rape victims, though a study by Human Rights Watch found that local officials frequently find ways to deny the procedures.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/14/AR2007041400775.html
April 2007: 'It's one of the first – if not the first – times that a [US-based] company is indicted and pleads guilty to providing material support to an organization known to commit widespread human rights abuses,' says Arvind Ganesan, director of the Business and Human Rights program at the New York-based Human Rights Watch.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0411/p01s03-woam.html
January 2007: Last week, a report by New York-based Human Rights Watch accused the Karuna, a Sri Lankan group that split off from the Tamil Tiger rebels, of abducting hundreds of children in eastern Sri Lanka, in complicity with the country's military and government, to deploy them against the rebels.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/29/AR2007012901586.html
January 2006: At the same time, Human Rights Watch released its annual report, upbraiding the Bush administration for undermining its credibility in promoting freedom abroad through its embrace of abusive interrogation tactics in the battle with terrorists. 'There's no question that the issue of torture in particular has compromised the U.S. voice, and not only torture but a manifold list of other human rights issues,' said the group's associate director, Carroll Bogert.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/24/AR2006012401901.html
March 2006: Human Rights Watch says it has documented 3,000 cases of psychiatric punishment of political dissidents since the early 1980's. The group contends that the use of penal mental asylums to confine dissidents has increased in recent years, as the police have sought ways to punish followers of banned religious sects, political dissidents and persistent petitioners without channeling them through the court system.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/16/international/asia/16cnd-china.html
February 2006: His remarks placed him at odds with Secretary General Kofi Annan and the leaders of human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, who urged member nations to support the proposal. They expressed the fear that reopening the negotiations just weeks before the current Human Rights Commission is scheduled to meet in Geneva would prompt countries to oppose the new council. The draft circulated yesterday would make next month's meeting of the commission its last.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/23/AR2006022301995.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Status/Name Change from Helsinki Watch Organization Mar 28, 2010 Supporter of (past or present) Publish What You Pay Coalition Organization Nov 3, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Ann Beeson Esq. Person Dec 21, 2005 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Nicholas Bequelin Person Aug 2, 2008 Founded/Co-Founded by Robert L. Bernstein Person Mar 28, 2010 Organization Executive (past or present) Jennifer "Jen" Daskal Esq. MA Person Jun 14, 2007 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Sara "Meg" Davis Ph.D. Person Aug 7, 2009 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Richard Dicker Person Organization Executive (past or present) Jamie Fellner Person May 25, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Arvind Ganesan Person Apr 13, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Eric Goldstein Person Sep 7, 2006 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Tom Malinowski Person Organization Executive (past or present) Joanne Mariner Esq. Person Aug 21, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Juan E. Méndez Esq. Person Jul 14, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Kenneth Roth Person Financial Recipient from (past or present) Herbert Sandler Person Dec 25, 2008 Financial Recipient from (past or present) Ms. Marion O. Sandler Person Dec 25, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Prof. Gary G. Sick Ph.D. Person May 21, 2007 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Prof. Eric Stover Ph.D. Person Mar 11, 2008
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