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Sunday Times Reports on “Nazi Scandal” at HRW

The Sunday Times has a blockbuster article that looks at the twists and turns of the Human Rights Watch saga.

Marc Garlasco, as you will all remember, turned out to be a collector of Nazi-era military memorabilia, who hung around chatrooms saying things like:

“That is so cool! The leather SS jacket makes my blood go cold it is so COOL!”

He has now resigned from HRW:

On March 5, Garlasco’s name was removed from the list of staff members on HRW’s website. Later that day, the Jerusalem Post newspaper asked about Garlasco’s status. A spokeswoman replied by email that HRW had “regretfully accepted Marc Garlasco’s resignation” two weeks before. Kenneth Roth has sent an email to staff, board members and some key donors insisting that they do not respond to any media inquiries about the matter. Garlasco, meanwhile, prefers to stay out of the limelight: when The Sunday Times Magazine inquired about using the picture of Garlasco wearing a sweatshirt featuring an Iron Cross, we received this reply:

“It is my understanding that you intend on using a photo or likeness of him, which is copyrighted, without his permission. Should you do so… we will prosecute this matter to the fullest extent of the law. Sincerely, Attorney Paul James Garlasco.”

We contacted Attorney Garlasco to find out if he was related to Marc Garlasco; he did not return our calls or emails.

Ah well!

However, it is a little snippet at the end of the story that we’d like to highlight now. It concerns another Human Rights Watch employee, Scott Long:

Many of those on the left of the human-rights “community” may feel conflicting emotions when it comes to dealing with radical Islam, as if the former is somehow a dangerous distraction from the real struggle. In 2006 Scott Long, the director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights programme at Human Rights Watch, attacked the British campaigner Peter Tatchell, accusing him of racism, Islamophobia and colonialism for having the temerity to lead a campaign against Iran’s executions of homosexuals — a campaign that Long believed was unconstructive and based on “a Western social-constructionist trope”.

There is an awful lot to say about the conduct of Scott Long over the years.

So, stay tuned!

UPDATE
It appears that Tom Porteous of Human Rights Watch will speak at an event with Moazzam Begg of Cageprisoners this Tuesday:

Society Outreach Invites you to a Conference on “THE WAR AGAINST “TERROR” IN PAKISTAN BRITAIN’S ROLE IN ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES”

Distinguished members of the panel include:
• Lord Ahmad (chairperson)
• H. E. Wajid Shamsul Hasan, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Tom Porteous, Directs Human Rights Watch’s London
• Moazzam Begg, Director of Cageprisoners and former Guantanamo prisoner
• Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development in London
• Annie Machon, writer and former MI5 Intelligence Officer

Date: Tuesday 30th of March 2010
Time: 6:30pm.
Venue: House of Lord, Room 4A.

RSVP
Dr. Suaad Eltaif Alfitouri (Director of Society Outreach)

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