UHOH! Funds to catch Iran at civil rights violations is drying up.
AID DENIED: Without additional funding, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center will shut down in May when its funding runs out, said Rene Redman, the group’s executive director. [...]
So much for watching out for the bad guys.
For the past five years, researchers in a modest office overlooking the New Haven green have carefully documented cases of assassination and torture of democracy activists in Iran. With more than $3 million in grants from the US State Department, they have pored over thousands of documents and Persian-language press reports and interviewed scores of witnesses and survivors to build dossiers on those they say are Iran’s most infamous human-rights abusers.
But just as the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center was ramping up to investigate abuses of protesters after this summer’s disputed presidential election, the group received word that - for the first time since it was formed - its federal funding request had been denied.
“If there is one time that I expected to get funding, this was it,’’ said Rene Redman, the group’s executive director, who had asked for $2.7 million in funding for the next two years. “I was sur prised, because the world was watching human rights violations right there on television.’’
Many see the sudden, unexplained cutoff of funding as a shift by the Obama administration away from high-profile democracy promotion in Iran, which had become a signature issue for President Bush. But the timing has alarmed some on Capitol Hill.
“The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center is at the forefront of pioneering and vitally important work,’’ said Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, in a statement yesterday. “It is disturbing that the State Department would cut off funding at precisely the moment when these brave investigations are needed most.’’ [...]
Damn. Maybe this is one of those unconstitutional groups or something and maybe Obama is making sure that only constitutional items are left in place? Nah. He doesn't know what that would be anyway.
I bet Jimmy Carter thinks this is GREAT!
From Gateway Pundit: Obama Kicks Iranian People -- Defunds Human Rights Group. [...] This is the same regime that that hangs gays, rapes student protesters (if you wash your hands first), and shoots at its innocent civilians from rooftops. [...]
GREAT JOB CZARBIE!
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