By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, December 16 — Amid the controversies of Eastern Congo, the role taken by Human Rights Watch and its director Ken Roth has come to the fore, by their choice and as highlighted, for example, by the Government of Rwanda.
When the French newspaper Liberationreported that a HRW investigator named Lane was offering financial compensation for “testimony against the M23,” many already dubious of HRW’s role fastened on it.
Inner City Press wrote to Roth and HRW’s press office including its UN spokesman Philippe Bolopion with five questions – and, to Bolopion’s credit, got an answer in less than two hours’ time.
But several of the questions are left unanswered. Inner City Press asked: Does HRW have a staff member, investigator or other personnel in the DRC named Lane or anything like it? Did this individual or any other offer…
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