The crown prince may be sincere in his efforts to promote dialogue but what good is that while back home the government is crushing peaceful dissent and locking up people who should be part of the dialogueHRW asks if Bahrain is keen on reform Jun 14, 2011
Faced with the Syrian authorities' 'shoot to kill' strategy, the international community needs to impose sanctions on those ordering the shooting of protestersSyria says its borders are open Apr 25, 2011
The military is using her to silence potential critics, sending the message that criticizing the current military government will land them in jailHRW asks what's different post-Mubarak Aug 17, 2011
It appears that Abdulhadi al-Khawaja's jailers tortured him during the month they held him in incommunicado detentionSigns of torture in Bahrain? May 11, 2011
There is absolutely no justification for arresting someone solely because the person might have been wounded in a protest-related incidentBahrain blamed for harassing patients Mar 30, 2011
Joe Stork is an American political activist and Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs/Middle East Studies from Columbia University.
Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1996, Stork co-founded the Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP) and was editor of its flagship publication, the Middle East Report. Stork served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey. "He presently serves as chair of the Middle East Studies Association's Committee on Academic Freedom and sits on the advisory committees of the American Friends Service Committee, Foreign Policy in Focus and the Iraq Revenue Watch project of the Open Society Institute."
Stork's involvement with MERIP and anti-Israel activism before joining HRW have made him the object of criticism. Maariv reported that Stork was a "radical leftist" who had attended an anti-Zionist conference hosted by Saddam Hussein in 1976, and that MERIP had praised the murders of Israeli athletes in the Munich massacre. Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW, has defended Stork by saying that these events took place thirty years ago, Stork was only one of several editors of MERIP at the time, and he later became a staunch critic of Hussein.