Incoming co-chair Elmasry participated in a fundraising trip in May 2009 to Saudi Arabia, and Motley represented HRW at the notorious NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference.
Following the publication of Minority Report: Human Rights Watch fights a civil war over Israel in The New Republic, NGO Monitor repeated its call for an independent investigation into the hiring practices, research priorities, methodologies, and biases of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch (HRW). The detailed evidence in this article highlights the deeply-rooted bias among senior HRW officials this bias is destroying the moral foundation and universality of human rights, commented NGO Monitor President, Prof. Gerald Steinberg.
Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch, has published a very important criticism of the organization in the NY Times. In declaring his decision to publicly join the groups critics, Bernstein endorses the conclusion that HRW has lost all credibility over the Middle East. Bernsteins oped follows publication of NGO Monitors systematic report demonstrating HRWs blatant bias and lack of credibility on the Middle East. These findings have been amplified by the recent call for HRWs board members to institute a full independent review and reform in the organization.