By Seifu Amanuel
Tigrai Online, October 27, 2013
As a continuation of its series of reports in the last several years, Human Rights Watch has this year published once again a more than 70 page report on human rights issues on Ethiopia. For anyone who has gone through all the pages undisputedly find the report rather than being objective, accurate and credible due to the report’s methodologically flaws on data gathering and compilation the outcome looks a rubbish fictional story.
Despite heralding the mission of HRW and its title, the 2013 Human Rights watch report was entirely the duplication of the previous reports conducted through ideological blinders.
Though it was meant a report on human rights study its methodology lacks all professional integrity entirely failing even to incorporate the single most minimal standards of scientific merits such as accuracy, objectivity, impartiality and transparency. Hence, it is not surprising to find the outcome of the report to be unscientific, inaccurate, biased and misleading.
Though Human Rights Watch claims that it is established by the goodwill of the free world to fight human rights the report once again by itself testifies as HRW fails to practice the transparency and accountability it urges on others.
The deviation of the report from the scientific community’s merits of being neutral, impartial, receptive and open to unexpected observation and new findings though clearly depicted throughout the pages of the report, it is worth mentioning page 12 that unequivocally demonstrates the report is predestined to being rigidly wedded to generate a particular conclusion that helps the organization to promote its politically oriented ideology and mission.
Under its Africa Advisor section on this page brings Daniel Bekele as the major informant of the report. Danile Bekele was once who had been the top member of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the mastermind of the failed color revolution campaign the followed the 2007 Ethiopian election. It cannot be argued that informants like Daniel Bekele could only feed the research for their political advantages.
I would like to point out some of the flaws of the recent report: -
Overall, it is plausible to say the latest report of Human Rights Watch, as usual, is entirely meant to satisfy its crave once again to criticize the policies of the Ethiopian Government and on other hand to serve its ideological mission it was assigned to promote. Like the previous reports the formats takes similar form and mourns on falsehood and fantasy.
The fallacies of the report has similar stance with that of some of the Ethiopian media that file stories based on unfounded information and make-believe basis. In short, the report is not conducted on scientifically sound methods and approaches that it is full of discrepancies and fallacies.
The Human Rights Watch 2013 report excessively relying on questionable and unverifiable testimonies and clear omission of facts and evidences it brought a predestined conclusion yearning to attack the law of the country while at the same time favoring the release of criminals. The fallacies, discrepancies and the unprofessional methods and approaches that govern the report as well as the make believe stories incorporated in the report clearly shows as the Human Rights Watch having done the report solely through ideological blinders. The report ins and rubbish outs rubbish.