Given the presence of self-interested actors, such as terror groups posing as human rights NGOs or groups promoting particularistic and not universal values, it is crucial that governments remain vigilant and ensure that aid is used to improve the lives of those for whom it’s intended, writes Becca Wertman.
While Amnesty International may be considered the most prestigious international NGO, the organization is tainted by a number of scandals. In addition, systematic research shows that its publications contain systematic flaws, erroneous claims, and consistent bias against Israel.
NGO Monitor Panels on Women's Rights in MidEast; and on Role of the UN in Arab-Israeli Peace -- at UN Human Rights Council, 25th Session
Gerald Steinberg and Anne Herzberg will participate in the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of NGO Monitor.
While the lack of rights and fundamental freedom for women is one of the most egregious manifestations of autocratic and oppressive regimes in the Middle East, prominent human rights NGOs fail to direct sustained attention to womens rights in this area of the world.
NGO Monitor's qualitative and quantitative study shows that while Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch project a strong image of prioritizing women's freedom, in reality their advocacy on behalf of women's rights in the MENA region is weak.
Ariella Kimmel writes on womens rights in the Middle East since the Arab Spring, and the failure of NGOs. Looking at Egypt as a case study, she argues that human rights groups, such as HRW, have failed the women of the region, who have remained marginalized following the revolution.