HRW slams Bush's award of freedom medal to Colombia's UribeHuman Rights Watch on Wednesday heaped scorn on a move by President George W. Bush to bestow be·stow
tr.v. be·stowed, be·stow·ing, be·stows
1. To present as a gift or an honor; confer: bestowed high praise on the winners.
2. the highest US civilian honor to Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe.
"My understanding is that the Medal of Freedom Medal of Freedom
highest award given a U.S. citizen; established 1963. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
See : Prize was given because of Uribe's promotion of democracy, freedom and human rights," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW HRW Human Rights Watch
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"Personally, I have a hard time figuring out who is more audacious, President Bush for giving the human rights award, or President Uribe for receiving it."
Roth added: "Neither Bush nor Uribe has anything to be proud about in the human rights arena.
His remarks were made at a Washington press conference at which the US-based watchdog group introduced a 564-page report on the state of human rights around the world.
Uribe, along with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair Noun 1. Tony Blair - British statesman who became prime minister in 1997 (born in 1953)
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Blair and former Australian leader John Howard For other persons of the same name, see John Howard (disambiguation).
John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday at a ceremony at the White House in the final days of Bush's presidency.
Bush hailed on Tuesday Uribe as a man of "immense personal courage and strength of character," as he confronts the problem of drug-trafficking in his country.