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"NGO Monitor has called for the resignation of Sarah Leah Whitson, the director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division, amid allegations that she whitewashed the atrocities committed by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi for years. Despite the fact that a press conference Whitson called last winter in Libya was reportedly sabotaged and shouted down by government agents, she wrote a glowing depiction of the event and glossed over the disruptions." "NGO Monitor president Gerald Steinberg says that this about-face shows that Whitson was deliberately misleading the public about the prospects for reform in Libya. “What Sarah Leah Whitson admits she knew about the Qaddafi family’s fraudulent reform agenda completely contradicts statements during her Tripoli trip,” he said in a press release today. Anne Herzberg, the legal adviser for NGO Monitor, said that Whitson “cannot continue to head the MENA division, and we call for her immediate resignation.”"