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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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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16009 Mon Dec 22 11:44:44 EST 2014 John Welch Huntington beach, CA , US
16008 Mon Dec 22 00:39:55 EST 2014 Nancy DeVault Hagerstown, MD , US
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16006 Sat Nov 29 14:37:17 EST 2014 Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
16005 Sat Nov 15 12:33:45 EST 2014 Kathleen Murphy Newcastle, WA , US
16004 Sat Nov 08 13:00:47 EST 2014 Jelica Roland Buzet, ot , HR
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16002 Wed Nov 05 03:57:03 EST 2014 Sam You San Antonio, TX , US
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16000 Sun Oct 26 04:05:51 EDT 2014 Matthieu Neff London, GB
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15998 Fri Oct 17 13:44:38 EDT 2014 Nicole Johnson Hillsboro, OR , US
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15996 Mon Oct 06 12:38:01 EDT 2014 Christopher Jones Williamson, NY , US Amen!
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