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"A Republican lawmaker on Wednesday lashed out at US human rights activists, accusing them of going soft on President Barack Obama to curry favor with his social circle. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the stinging criticism at a hearing on Myanmar where a leader of Human Rights Watch backed administration efforts to engage the junta. "It’s gotten to the point where human rights organizations are mouthing the same platitudes" as government officials, said Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American and outspoken critic of undemocratic regimes. "I believe many human rights organizations have lost their voice — they are no longer standing up for the people who are oppressed, who are murdered, who are raped," she said. "It’s so easy to be cooperative in this town. Everybody wants to be invited to White House parties," she said." "It was the latest public drubbing of New York-based Human Rights Watch, founded in 1978 as Helsinki Watch with a mission to name and shame abusive governments. The group’s former chairman, Robert Bernstein, wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Tuesday accusing Human Rights Watch of relentlessly attacking Israel while playing down violations by Arab states."