News Brief 2/1/2004, Shevat 9, 5764
Noble Peace Laureate: Human Rights Groups ?Complicit in Murder?
(IsraelNN.com) The Nobel Peace laureate and Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble called human rights organizations a "great curse" last Wednesday and accused them of complicity in terrorist killings, according to an article in The Guardian (United Kingdom/29 January 2004).
“One of the great curses of this world is the human rights industry," Trimble told the Associated Press at an international conference of terrorism victims in Madrid. "They justify terrorist acts and end up being complicit in the murder of innocent victims."
His words drew an angry reaction from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, two of the world's biggest human rights groups, with about 200,000 members in Britain and more than a million worldwide.
Kate Allen, Amnesty International's UK Director, said, “…Trimble should remember that human rights organizations have condemned killings and other abuses by terrorist groups all over the world, while at the same time criticizing governments who use the 'war on terror' as a pretext to abuse their citizens."
Mr. Trimble was joint winner of the Novel Peace prize with the former leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), John Hume, for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland.