“Hero” is becoming an awfully loose term these days.
A group of ten “human rights NGOs,” including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, has nominated Egyptian activist Mona Seif for this year’s Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. Seif’s admirers are thrilled:
Outstanding, huh? Let’s take a closer look at the woman being considered a human rights champion:
She even condemned Ennals Award committee member Human Rights Watch:
Is this really the face of international human rights?
UN Watch, a Geneva-based organization that monitors the United Nations, has written a letter to the executive director of Human Rights Watch condemning the decision to honor Seif, a “preacher of terror.”
Other Egyptian human rights activists have registered their outrage at Seif’s nomination:
Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department decided to honor Egyptian anti-Semite and terrorist sympathizer Samira Ibrahim as a “Woman of Courage.” Fortunately, after being faced with righteous backlash, the department reversed its decision. Let’s hope the Martin Ennals Award committee does the same.
(Hat tip: Susan Stiles)