Joe Emersberger, has been writing monthly letters to Human Rights Watch, in regards to their policy in Haiti and Venezuela. He has brought HRW to task on its policies in Venezuela and Haiti. See his letters to Human Rights Watch archived on a
Medialens forum. They still have not replied to a single one of his letters.
Gabriele Zamparini's recent article Watching Human Rights Watch discusses a State Department official now working at HRW. Before coming to HRW, Marc Garlasco, Senior Military Analyst at Human Rights Watch, spent seven years in the Pentagon as a senior intelligence analyst covering Iraq. His last position there was chief of high-value targeting during the Iraq War in 2003. Marc was on the Operation Desert Fox (Iraq) Battle Damage Assessment team in 1998, led a Pentagon Battle Damage Assessment team to Kosovo in 1999, and recommended thousands of aimpoints on hundreds of targets during operations in Iraq and Serbia. He also participated in over 50 interrogations as a subject matter expert. Seems a little strange for a human rights analyst?
Al Giordano, founder of Narco News, had a fascinating back and forth with an
HRW intern a few months back.
From an HRW email: "HRW did not have a researcher in Haiti from 2000-05. HRW does not normally have researchers based in the countries that they cover; instead, we collect information via fact-finding visits, telephone and email contact with people in country, and press etc. monitoring. The only Latin America or Caribbean country
in which we have a researcher is Chile (and he is there for personal reasons).
We sent research missions to Haiti in June/July 2000, July 2001, March 2004 and April 2005. Joanne Mariner conducted the first three visits; Anna Neistat, one of HRW's emergencies researchers, conducted the last one."
So now we need to know who are these telephone and email contacts in country? Could it be NCHR, the well known elite Haitian "human rights" group which has not said a single word about the thousands in jail and massacred, since the 2004 coup.
Also, why does HRW, while criticizing the Venezuelan government for taking Sumate to court (a U.S. funded opposition group which participated in the 2002 coup of the democratically elected govenrment), while it has not said a SINGLE word about the imprisonment of Father Jean-Juste or the kangroo court trails of democracy activists in Haiti? It is clear that Jean-Juste is a political prisoner, even Amnesty International (who has let a lot of things slide) has acknowledged this.