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Re: Human Rights Watch Supports Taliban

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
I think we are misplaced in our comments about HRW. We should not expect an 
international HR NGO to act like one supported by Govt. of India. HR Watch 
is not a self-proclaimed HR group, it is also another NGO like the ones we 
support in IPI. I am not a member of HRW nor an Advocate of Taliban. I think 
in Afghan matters very few groups and countries are clean. Their interests 
and support for different militia (Taliban is essentially that) has changed 
with time, so also commitment to gender justice, drugs traficking, arms 
supply and above all JEHAD.

I feel HR Watch Reports are quite balanced in their reporting particularly 
about Kashmir and Taliban. India's tacit support for the Northern Alliance 
does not mean support of HR abuse by the Alliance nor denial of medicines 
and other critical HR aid to people in the areas ruled by Taliban.

We should separate our perception from issues and actors.

>From: "Sanjai Kukreti" <skukreti@home.com>
>Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>To: <debate@indiapolicy.org>
>Subject: Human Rights Watch Supports Taliban
>Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 20:59:48 -0800 (PST)
>Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
>I was truly appalled to read that the self-proclaimed human rights group,
>Human Rights Watch, is against an arms embargo on the fanatical and
>oppressive Taliban movement. The Taliban are a fanatical terrorist
>organization, responsible for much terror in the region, including on 
>soil. Furthermore, they are extremely brutal in their policies towards
>women, and administer floggings to them for such things as wearing white
>socks, or showing their faces in public.
>Very disgusting to see Human Rights Watch supporting such an oppressive
>outfit. As Indians who value secularism and democracy, we should protest
>such hideous bias.
>Friday, 15 December, 2000, 19:14 GMT
>Afghanistan weapon ban should be total
>An international human rights group has urged the United Nations not to
>impose a unilateral arms embargo on the Taliban movement which controls 
>of Aghanistan.
>The group, Human Rights Watch, said any embargo should include all armed
>groups fighting in the country's long and bitter civil war, saying all 
>were guilty of abuses against civilians.
>The United Nations Security Council is currently considering a resolution
>drafted which recommends tough sanctions on the Taliban movement. Both
>countries accuse the Taliban of sponsoring what they called international
>terrorism and of harbouring Osama Bin Laden who the United States accuses 
>masteerminding bomb attacks on two of its embassies.
>Human Rights Watch also called on the UN to lift sanctions on the Afghan
>national airline, which it said was hampering the delivery of medicine
>across the country.
> >From the newsroom of the BBC World Service
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