Over the past few years, the number of human rights organisations has grown by leaps and bounds, especially in countries that are facing an armed rebellion or terrorism. Some of these organisations are genuine and are doing wonderful work, but many were set up by the terrorists' sympathisers. These fake organisations highlight the violations of human rights by security forces with great ferocity, but mention the atrocities committed by terrorists only in passing. The issue of human rights has provided the terrorists, secessionists and other radical groups with a new mechanism to legitimise their violent campaign in the West.
Regretfully, Western human rights groups have also chosen to ignore the difference between a fake and a genuine organisation. It is not uncommon to see the presence of Amnesty International or Asia Watch in various meetings and seminars organised by members of radical groups. Perhaps that is the reason why Western human rights groups, notwithstanding their good intentions and hard work, have so far failed to gain credibility and public support in Third World countries.
RANDHIR SINGH BAINS
Gants Hill, Essex