Another European ‘PGO’: the International Federation of Human Rights

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The public is largely unaware of the extent to which EU money influences political debate: not only in Europe, but around the world. When, for example, the French-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) filed a “torture” complaint against Donald Rumsfeld during the former Defense Secretary’s brief visit to Paris last month, many commentators dismissed the move as a typical stunt of European “leftists.” But this interpretation does not do justice to the quasi-official role FIDH plays as a “PGO”: a “Para-Governmental Organization,” which receives massive public funding from the European Commission to promote EU policy choices and, so to […]


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