International Federation for Human Rights

Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’homme - Comments

9) The institutional learning

-The analysis capacity of the FIDH seems to have improved. After 1994, the Federation did a remarkable work about the genocide in Rwanda. But, like many other human rights NGOs, it also made mistakes that it refused to admit, claiming that its information were never refuted. On the 27th of February 1986, for instance, the organisation joined with CIMADE a protest by Amnesty International against the expulsion from Paris to Baghdad of Fawzi Hamza al-Rubali and Muhammad Hassan Khair al-Din. As activists of the Shiite opposition al-Daawa in exile in Teheran, the two Iraqis risked the death penalty and the FIDH was not anxious to dissociate itself from false rumours stating that one of them had been executed. Generally speaking, the Federation hardly produces balanced investigations because it relies on member organisations which are not neutral. Hans Thoolen and Berth Verstappen studied 34 FIDH reports. Only one out of five (7) did cross-check information.