The International Human Rights Foundation — a self-anointed global organisation devoted to “defending, broadcasting and teaching” human rights stands exposed as an anti-Pakistan India-based propaganda front.
A website link shared via a photo features the domain “in”– India. The organisation, which claims to be based in the United States, presents a fictive address.
Claiming to have commenced operations in 2004, the organisation claims Spanish registration in 2013. It, however, does not merit mention in a list of NGOs registered in the country.
The IHRF, which employs practices synonymous with Indian propaganda outlets as outlined by the European Union Disinformation Lab, is actually incorporated as an Indian NGO. It is registered with the Registrar of Companies Mumbai. The organisation is incorporated with a Maharashtra address. Its status is listed as active. Smita Trushal Chawda and Trushal Harish Chawda are listed as foundation directors.
Repeated attempts by Naya Daur — The Friday Times to reach the aforementioned proved futile. The two boast no digital imprint. The Chawdas fail to feature on any major social networking site too.
Over 100 media organisations based in India reporting on credible abuse of power in Pakistan have cited the IHRF in stories published across Hindi, English, French and Spanish.
The organisation’s primary source of information, on the other hand, is a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Twitter space it was part of two days earlier. “We respectfully listen to you. At this time we prefer to gather information and humbly place ourselves at the disposal of all those whose rights have been violated,” the IHRF tweeted in reply to a broadcast of PTI chairman Imran Khan’s August 21 speech.
The IHRF, which stands exposed as an India-based organisation masquerading as an international rights body, constitutes but one example of Indian machinations aimed at bringing Pakistan into disrepute. The EU Disinfo Lab, in 2020, uncovered a global network of pro-India fake websites and think-tanks. The network has been pushing anti-Pakistan agenda to influence decision-making in international institutions since 2005. It has been actively engaged in a disinformation campaign against Pakistan and has influenced the internal and external affairs of the UN member states. Due to this hate-speech and propaganda, Muslims in Pakistan, India, and Kashmir are endangered. State-sponsored fake news is thus considered a substantial security threat. It also challenges legal framework designed to maintain international peace and security.