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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #46)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 08:39 PM

50. HRW came out of Helsinki Watch

It's easy - because I've heard of them for a very long time - to find examples of their longtime involvement in calling attention to Latin dictatorships and their brutality. Impartially.

For instance, on Guatemala during Reagan:


A different picture -- far closer to the secret information held by the U.S. government -- was coming from independent human rights investigators. On March 17, ] 983, Americas Watch representatives condemned the Guatemalan army for human rights atrocities against the Indian population.

New York attorney Stephen L. Kass said these findings included proof that the government carried out "virtually indiscriminate murder of men, women and children of any farm regarded by the army as possibly supportive of guerrilla insurgents."

Rural women suspected of guerrilla sympathies were raped before execution, Kass said. Children were "thrown into burning homes. They are thrown in the air and speared with bayonets. We heard many, many stories of children being picked up by the ankles and swung against poles so their heads are destroyed." [AP, March 17, 1983]


Deciding whether to trust them is and should be based on their entire past record. It is, as far as I'm concerned, an excellent one. I am serenely unsurprised that his government attacked them for their report.

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