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"We look to the police for protection, and our girls and women have not been able to trust them to protect them," said Sharon McIvor, who is with the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action and is a longtime advocate for aboriginal women.

"Not only are they not protecting them adequately, but they are perpetrating offences against them — criminal offences," she said.

"[The report] is not about painting all members of the RCMP as abusers," Rhoad said. "We know that the great majority of members serve honourably, devoting their lives to the protection of their communities.

"It is about the fact that those good officers deserve better than to see those tarnishing their reputation not be held accountable."

Uh, it sounds like you're the ones trying to tarnish the RCMP's reputation with wild, anonymous and improbable accusations.

This is the latest project of Human Rights Watch, a NGO with one of those impressive-sounding names that is pretty much the opposite of what they are beavering away at. The website NGO Monitor has been tracking it:

Founded as Helsinki Watch in 1978; based in New York, headed by Kenneth Roth (Executive Director since 1993)

Annual budget of $48 million in 2010*; in September 2010, HRW announced a 10-year, $100 million donation from billionaire George Soros. With the grant, HRW plans to increase its staff by one-third and “to shape the foreign policies of these emerging powers, much as we have traditionally done with Western powers.”

Systematic NGO Monitor analyses demonstrate that HRW disproportionately focuses on condemnations of Israel and that publications related to Israel often lack credibility.

Many HRW officials, including the heads of the Middle East and North Africa Division, have a history of ideological bias.

In October 2009, HRW founder Robert Bernstein published an article in the New York Times (“Rights Watchdog, Lost in the Mideast”), strongly criticizing the organization for ignoring severe human rights violations in closed societies, for its anti-Israel bias, and for “issuing reports...that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.” Bernstein expanded on these ideas in a lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (November 2010), and noted that “Human Rights Watch’s attacks on almost every issue [have] become more and more hostile [toward Israel].”

In 2009, HRW held a fundraising dinner in Saudi Arabia, using HRW’s anti-Israel bias and the specter of “pro-Israel pressure groups” to solicit funds from “prominent members of Saudi society.” At the event, Whitson boasted that HRW allegations of human rights violations were instrumental in the Goldstone mission.

In 2009, Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division, visited Libya, claiming to have discovered a “Tripoli spring.” She praised Muammar Qaddafi’s son Seif Islam as a leading reformer and for creating an “expanded space for discussion and debate.”

HRW was an active participant in the 2001 Durban conference, and continues to campaign in favor of boycotts and sanctions against Israel.

In September 2009 “senior military analyst” Marc Garlasco was revealed to be an obsessive collector of Nazi memorabilia. He was suspended and then dismissed, but his reports were not withdrawn. As shown in a Sunday Times (UK) article, “Nazi scandal engulfs Human Rights Watch” (March 28, 2010), the Garlasco issue was indicative of far deeper problems at the NGO.

Hey, there's our creepy friend George Soros! Looks like Garlasco isn't the only Nazi onboard. Something is going on here, and it ain't pretty.

Comments (1)

Scott M:

Hey are the payouts for residential schools drying up already? Because I sense these folks are on the look-out for another cash cow.


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