By Anna Neistat, Amnesty International's Senior Director of Research
When Amnesty International (Amnesty) released a report documenting the mass hanging of thousands of prisoners in Syria’s Saydnaya Prison, the Syrian government was put on the back foot. President Bashar al-Assad himself responded, calling our report “childish” and “biased”, and even laughed as he said he didn’t know what went on in Saydnaya as he was "in the Presidential Palace”.
The Syrian government is not the first to have its cage rattled by our research.
To coincide with the launch of our 2016/17 Annual Report, let’s look at five tactics for responding to an Amnesty report, tried and tested in the past year by human rights violators from around the world:
1. Question our impartiality
Hungarian Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács responded to an Amnesty opinion piece about the plight of the Roma in Hungary by accusing us of bias against the government’s immigration policy: