Human Rights Watch ( Hrw ) Essay

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) that, according to their website (Human Rights Watch, n.d.-a), is “known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups.” HRW publishes over 100 reports and briefings annually on over 90 countries’ human rights conditions (Human Rights Watch, n.d.-a). HRW’s mission is simple: “[to defend] the rights of people worldwide” (Human Rights Watch, n.d.-a). HRW also lists four core values that drive its mission: it does not accept governmental or private funding that “could compromise [its] objectivity and independence”; it is committed to being “factual, accurate and ethical in [its] fact-finding”; and it is “actively focused on impact” that “lead to positive and sustainable change” (Human Rights Watch, n.d.-a). HRW began as the Helsinki Watch in 1978, which was a U.S. based private organization that monitored government compliance with 1975 Helsinki Records. Through the 1980s, the additional Americas Watch (1981), Asia Watch (1985), Africa Watch (1988) and later Middle East Watch (1989) created what was then known as “The Watch Committees,” which in 1988 became the organization formally named “Human Rights Watch” (Human Rights Watch, n.d.-d).
HRW’s research covers the gamut of human rights issues – arms, business, children, disability, environmental, free speech, health, justice, LGBT, migrants,…

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