Stop revolving door between Human Rights Watch and U.S. Gov't

Why did Human Rights Watch select a former CIA official (Miguel D
íaz) to sit on its advisory committee for eight years?

Human Rights Watch characterizes itself as an "independent, international organization" -- and yet its staff, board of directors and advisory committees boast deep ties to the highest levels of the U.S. government.

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More Than 100 Latin America Experts Question HRW's Venezuela Report

Before becoming HRW's Washington advocacy director, for example, Tom Malinowski served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton. Now he's President Obama's Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

In 2009 he argued that "under limited circumstances" there was "a legitimate place" for CIA renditions -- the illegal practice of kidnapping and transferring terrorism suspects around the planet. In 2011 he wrote approvingly about Obama's unconstitutional NATO bombing campaign on Libya.

Sign this petition that we will deliver to HRW:

The credibility of a global human-rights organization depends on its independence. Human Rights Watch has done important, critical work, but it can do better. It should implement at least a five-year "cooling-off" period before and after its associates move between HRW and the U.S. government's foreign-policy divisions. Human Rights Watch associates should concentrate on protecting human rights. They should not have conflicts of interest with past or future careers in branches of the U.S. government that may themselves be involved in human-rights violations.

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16036 Sun Dec 13 23:48:14 EST 2020 Jeannie Ng
16035 Tue Apr 21 00:42:45 EDT 2020 Darren Mitton Danielsville, GA , US
16034 Sun Jan 06 12:02:15 EST 2019 David Pear Tampa, FL , US Tell HRW to stop demonizing Venezuela without at least mentioning that the country has been under horrendous US economic sanctions, political isolation and covert terrorist attacks.
16033 Sat Jun 16 11:43:52 EDT 2018 Anonymous Philadelphia, PA , US
16032 Mon Apr 16 00:07:12 EDT 2018 Anonymous Arlington , TX , US
16031 Mon Apr 02 11:40:20 EDT 2018 Robert Goldstein New York, NY , US
16030 Tue Mar 27 14:45:34 EDT 2018 Catherine Hart Mt. Airy, MD , US
16029 Mon Oct 30 11:26:24 EDT 2017 Gen Agustsson redondo beach, CA , US
16028 Thu May 04 08:52:50 EDT 2017 Anonymous Fort Belvoir, VA , US
16027 Tue Jan 17 13:15:24 EST 2017 Anonymous Pompano Beach, FL , US
16026 Mon Nov 14 18:09:36 EST 2016 Jennifer Rose Morristown, NJ , US
16025 Wed May 18 23:27:37 EDT 2016 Cory Collins St. John's, NL , CA HRW counsel Reed Brody showed himself to be deaf to common sense
16024 Mon May 16 03:32:55 EDT 2016 jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL , US
16023 Thu Jan 07 17:09:26 EST 2016 Anonymous DE
16022 Wed Dec 23 18:03:25 EST 2015 Jeanne Mackay Marysville, MI , US
16021 Thu Oct 29 14:02:06 EDT 2015 S B Rutland, VT , US
16020 Sun Sep 27 09:16:59 EDT 2015 Wim Van Aelst Aarschot, ot , BE
16019 Fri Sep 04 11:55:12 EDT 2015 Anonymous Santa Monica, CA , US
16018 Sat May 23 23:55:54 EDT 2015 Alexander Gutierrez San Jose , CA , US
16017 Tue Apr 28 01:47:07 EDT 2015 Donald Kokkonen Cambridge, WI , US
16016 Mon Mar 23 17:21:44 EDT 2015 Herman S Simms Jr Detroit, MI , US
16015 Wed Mar 04 22:47:52 EST 2015 Alvena Pauls Abbotsford, BC , CA
16014 Fri Feb 27 00:29:29 EST 2015 Dane Waller Athens, OH , US
16013 Wed Feb 25 08:21:25 EST 2015 Anonymous AU
16012 Mon Feb 16 20:47:18 EST 2015 Marcos Sánchez Salamanca, ot , ES
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