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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Human Rights Watch [sic] caught lying . . . again!

HRW provided this picture as evidence identifying the weapon debris shown as a Russian RBK-250 clusterbomb.HRW provided this picture as evidence identifying
the weapon debris shown as a Russian RBK-250 clusterbomb.



Moon Of Alabamha has the scoop:

HRW Continues False Cluster Bomb Accusations against Russians
On August 15 Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Russian Federation of having used cluster bombs in the conflict with Georgia. These accusations were widely repeated in the 'western' media. The Russian Federation consistently denied any use of cluster ammunition. As it now turns out the repeated HRW accusations were wrong. The 'evidence' provided by HRW was based on pictures and misidentified ammunition in those.

The ammunition in question is of Israeli origin and was used by the Georgian military. The Georgian Ministry of Defense has now admitted as much. HRW now also acknowledges this in a new press statement. But it continues to claim Russian use of such weapons. It does so by pointing to its own older reports which clearly misidentified Georgian cluster ammunition as Russian made. HRW has still to show any proof for its continuing accusations against the Russian Federation.

While reviewing the story as documented below, notice the special role of HRW's 'senior military analyst' Marc Garlasco in this propaganda effort.

An August 15 HRW press release claimed:

Human Rights Watch said Russian aircraft dropped RBK-250 cluster bombs, each containing 30 PTAB 2.5M submunitions, on the town of Ruisi in the Kareli district of Georgia on August 12, 2008. On the same day, a cluster strike in the center of the town of Gori killed at least eight civilians and injured dozens, Human Rights Watch said.


A Russian(?) blogger noticed as much [that Human Rights Watch was LYING] yesterday.


See also:
Weapons found in Kodori Gorge, Georgia, with English MarkingsWeapons found in Kodori Gorge, Georgia,
with English Markings

Cache of Georgian arms found in Kodori Gorge

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