By Martin Bright, October 22, 2009
The intervention from Robert L Bernstein in the debate over the credibility of Human Rights Watch is beyond devastating.
Mr Bernstein founded the organisation and was its chair in the two decades from 1978 to 1998, during which time HRW built itself into one of the most respected monitors of state abuse in the world. His op-ed piece in the New York Times accuses the present leadership of losing its way over the issue of Israel.
But far more seriously, it accuses his successors of betraying the founding principles on which Mr Bernstein and others built the organisation.