According to Law professor Eugene Kontorovich, Whitson is an active supporter of groups that support Armenian settlements in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, while pursuing rabid campaigns against Jewish communities in the West Bank. This promotion of Armenian settlement products and groups directly contradicts HRW’s assertions regarding Israel.
Human Rights Watch published a press release in which Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of HRW's Middle East and North Africa Division, attacks Israel with a stream of false claims and demonization. The attempt to portray the situation as Jew versus Palestinian is wrong and reflects an on-going attempt by Whitson to manufacture claims of discrimination.
A session of the UN Security Council, hosted by some of the worst human rights violators in the world, featured Israel-bashing by NGOs and antisemitic comments by the Venezuelan ambassador.
NGO Monitor expresses concern regarding attempts by Human Rights Watch to influence UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moons preparation of the Report on Children and Armed Conflict.
Anne Herzberg maintains that while one would expect human rights and international justice NGOs and activists, who have campaigned on universal human rights issues for decades, to support the landmark decision of Sokolow v. PLO, their silence speaks volumes.
NGO Monitor Submission to the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict
- 2014 Gaza War
- Collective Punishment
- Commission of Inquiry
- Distortions of International Law
- Double Standards
- Fact Finding Best Practices
Human Rights Watchs refusal to unequivocally condemn terror attacks on Israeli civilians without also condemning Israel again reveals that the organization is lacking credibility and moral integrity.
Often referred to and quoted as a "highly respected human rights organization," HRWs publications and submissions to various official bodies are all too often immediately accepted and repeated without a perceived need for independent verification.
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.