Human Rights Watch is offside in its reporting

Editor, Pan Butamire’s article in last Friday’s edition of The New Times (Rwandans can tell millet from weed) raises valid points about the double standards practiced by some international human rights organizations. Here are two more facts that I feel I might add: Human Rights Watch have forgotten that their ‘pets’ are either well-documented fugitives from justice for horrific human rights violations or accessories.
Georgette Gagnon, Africa Director of Human Rights Watch. A recent report accuses the Rwandan government of limiting political space for people like Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and others of similar ilk.
Georgette Gagnon, Africa Director of Human Rights Watch. A recent report accuses the Rwandan government of limiting political space for people like Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and others of similar ilk.

Editor,

Pan Butamire’s article in last Friday’s edition of The New Times (Rwandans can tell millet from weed) raises valid points about the double standards practiced by some international human rights organizations. Here are two more facts that I feel I might add:

Human Rights Watch have forgotten that their ‘pets’ are either well-documented fugitives from justice for horrific human rights violations or accessories.

Consequently these genocide accessories have already lost the credibility (and locus standi) to demand special treatment of any kind- particularly in the name of free and democratic elections. 

There is a human factor that is being deliberately stomped over with all this politicking. The fact of the matter is that supporting unrepentant genocidaires is a continued trauma for the survivors who have already endured more than their fair share of human pain.

We would like to see the tables around turned with human rights organisations seeing things from the standpoint of the genocide victims for a change.

This would probably cause them to cultivate the necessary wisdom to find and sponsor cleaner candidates. If this happened a lot more people would believe in the validity of their global missions.

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