I’ve seen something similar like this before…
It reminds me of the incident involving the former Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström and the Saudi kingdom some five years ago when she criticized the judiciary of Saudi Arabia. For some reason, Wallström was ignorant of the fact that the Saudi jurisprudence is based almost entirely upon sharia law. Her justified criticisms were taken by the Saudi kingdom as an “Islamophobic attack”, which led to a diplomatic confrontation between the two states.
It ended with her apologizing to the Saudis for insulting Islam. The Saudis were set to cancel an arms deal worth over a billion dollars. It didn’t end there, however. Magot Wallström, a couple of years later, defended Saudi Arabia being placed on the Women’s Rights Commission:
It appears that when real issues of human rights are at stake, the loudest voices championing these rights are the worst in standing up for them, when and where, it counts most. Shameful.
HRW accepts Saudi funds to not criticize repression of gays
‘Human Rights Watch accepted a sizable donation from a Saudi billionaire shortly after its researchers documented labor abuses at one of the man’s companies’
The Intercept first reported Monday on the quid pro quo between Roth, who has gained a reputation for strident attacks against Israel, and Saudi billionaire Mohamed Bin Issa al-Jaber.
“Human Rights Watch [HRW] accepted a sizable donation from a Saudi billionaire shortly after its researchers documented labor abuses at one of the man’s companies, a potential violation of the rights group’s own fund-raising guidance,” wrote The Intercept’s Alex Emmons.
“In 2012, Roth signed a memorandum of understanding with al-Jaber containing language that said the gift could not be used for LGBT rights work in the region. He was later pictured next to Jaber at a 2013 ceremony to memorialize the funding,” the self-described online “adversarial journalism” the online site wrote.
“The 2012 grant from al-Jaber’s UK-based charitable foundation amounted to $470,000,” the news site said.