One would expect that human rights groups might take notice.
Human Rights Watch apparently does not.
That is one problem and you will read about it below.
There is another.
Too many on the left, in a rush to support any enemy of the USA or of Israel, can't find it in their hearts and politics to condemn regimes like that in Iran or groups such as Hamas for their atrocious treatment and view of women. How many times have you heard some lefty say, "I certainly don't support the idea of a theocracy like in Iran, but...."
Always, well, too often, a "but."
Supporting the rights of women is not something to be placed somewhere down the agenda, something we'll get to at a later time, something we won't talk about in fear of sounding like we support "imperialism." Principles are not something to be applied in one place, but not in another.
You are either against injustice or you are not (and, I don't mean to sound like George W.).
Racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, anti-Semetism...none of these things are somehow to be subordinated to sanitize our politics whatever they may be.
Even if we were not in the time of Empire, as I believe we are, and the whole concept of imperialism hadn't become antiquated, as I think it has, even if what I think on that is all wrong, still to use the cover of anti-imperialism to subordinate the oppression of masses of people is all out hypocrisy, not to mention a fundamental mistake in strategy.
Too often those of us on the left who stand up and proclaim that we will fight such injustice wherever we find it are then branded as Zionists, imperialists, apologists for the West, etc. et. al. by those who have no principled argument to make.
Truly, such crap has become old and no longer bothers me.
I, for one, will not be cowed.
The following is from the Centre for Secular Space.