Human Rights Watch accepted half a million dollars from Saudi billionaire Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber after documenting labor abuses at his company

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Updated: March 7, 2021

Human Rights Watch accepted about half a million dollars from Saudi billionaire Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber after documenting abuses at one of his companies, a potential violation of the rights group’s own fundraising policies.

“Human Rights Watch recently returned the gift from Saudi real estate magnate Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber, which came with the caveat that it could not be used to support the group’s LGBT advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa,” The Intercept reported on Monday.

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The report said the controversial donation is at the center of a contentious internal debate about the judgment and leadership of Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth.

The Intercept said after it began investigating the donation, the rights group published a statement on its website saying that accepting the funding was a “deeply regrettable decision” that “stood in stark contrast to our core values and our longstanding commitment to LGBT rights as an integral part of human rights.”

Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber in France in June of 2008. Photo: Gilles Rolle/REA/Redux
Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber in France in June of 2008. Photo: Gilles Rolle/REA/Redux

The report said the 2012 grant from al-Jaber’s UK-based charitable foundation amounted to $470,000 over two years, Roth told The Intercept, adding that a “final pledge installment was never realized.”

The statement did not refer to al-Jaber by name, but two Human Rights Watch employees confirmed his identity to The Intercept, the report added.

“We also regret that the grant was made by the owner of a company that Human Rights Watch had previously identified as complicit in labor rights abuse,” the group’s statement said.

The Intercept said in 2012 and previous years, Human Rights Watch reported extensively on labor violations at Jadawel International, a Saudi construction company founded and owned by al-Jaber.

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Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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