The brazen double standards underlying the approach of Human Rights Watch (HRW) – arguably the world’s leading human rights NGO – towards the Middle East were again laid bare today, as the organization’s Middle East and North Africa director urged the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to display images of “death and destruction” in Gaza, while separately praising the Qatari regime for taking a “welcome step” in reforming its slave labor system.
Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s top staff member dealing with region, took to Twitter in response to a posting from BBC correspondent Kim Ghattas, who pointed out that the Washington, DC-based Holocaust museum was now showing an exhibition about the brutal abuse of human rights in Syria.
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) January 29, 2015
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) February 5, 2015
…Separately, HRW today issued a statement on the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, more than 2,000 of whom were killed last year building stadiums for the soccer World Cup competition that the Gulf state is hosting in 2022.
“Qatar has recognized that reform is necessary and has promised to take some steps in the right direction,” Whitson gushed in the statement. “At a time when Qatar’s detractors are seeking to strip the country of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar’s best defense would be to pass meaningful legislative reforms that end the sponsorship system, punish abusive employers, and end worker-paid recruitment fees once and for all”…