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HRW Thinks Brazil Can Help Venezuela With Human Rights

Human Rights Watch Americas Director, Jose Miguel Vivanco. (archives)

For anyone who still believes Human Rights Watch is an actual human rights group, its Americas director Jose Miguel Vivanco is trying really hard to prove you wrong.

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Academics Respond to Human Rights Watch Director's Defense of Venezuela Report

Tinker-Salas, Wilpert, and Grandin respond to Human Rights Watch Executive Director Roth, stating that his response to the Open Letter stonewalls and ignores important criticisms about HRW's report on Venezuela.

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Human Rights Watch Report on Venezuela Under Fire

A Human Rights Watch report on alleged setbacks in human rights in Venezuela since President Hugo Chávez first took office 10 years ago has been severely questioned by 118 academics from the United States and several other countries.

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More Than 100 Latin America Experts Question Human Rights Watch's Venezuela Report

In an open letter to the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, over 100 experts on Latin America criticized the organization's recent report on Venezuela, A Decade Under Chávez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela, saying that it "does not meet even the most minimal standards of scholarship, impartiality, accuracy, or credibility."

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Smoke and Mirrors: An Analysis of Human Rights Watch’s Report on Venezuela

The September 18, 2008 Human Rights Watch report, “A Decade Under Chavez,” raises a few problems with regard to the protection of political rights in Venezuela, but the few places where it is on target are almost completely drowned in a sea of de-contextualization, trumped-up accusations, and a clear and obvious bias in favor of the opposition and against the government.

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Unanswered Phone Calls in Venezuela: Human Rights Watch Exposes Hugo Chavez Yet Again

Now that HRW has blown the lid off the grave human rights abuse of unanswered questions in Venezuela, perhaps they can finally respond to some questions posed to them.

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Human Rights Watch in Venezuela: Lies, Crimes and Cover-ups

A close reading of the recent Human Rights Watch "Report" on Venezuela reveals an astonishing number of blatant falsifications and outright fabrications, glaring deletions of essential facts, deliberate omissions of key contextual and comparative considerations and especially a cover-up of systematic long-term, large-scale security threats to Venezuelan democracy posed by Washington.

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I Can't Believe It's Not Human Rights Watch!

When we read in the American press that two officials from Human Rights Watch have been booted out of Venezuela, our first thought will not be, "what did they do". It won't be. We expect people who work for Human Rights Watch to, well, watch human rights.

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