There can be no real reforms in Syria while security forces abuse people with impunityRights groups decry Syrian violence Apr 15, 2011
The Yemeni government has for too long placed children at grave risk by deploying child soldiers on the field of battleHRW: Child soldiers in Yemen Apr 15, 2011
Most defendants hauled before Bahrain's special military court are facing blatantly political charges and trials are unfairHRW asks if Bahrain is keen on reform Jun 14, 2011
Egypt needs to urgently review the legal framework which (deposed President Hosni) Mubarak used for years to silence his criticsHRW asks what's different post-Mubarak Aug 17, 2011
The killing of Hadi al-Mahdi sadly highlights that journalism in Iraq remains a deadly professionSlain Iraqi journalist warned of threats Sep 09, 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.