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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15985 Tue Sep 09 07:20:25 EDT 2014 Christina Reeves Melbourne, ot , AU
15984 Tue Sep 02 17:13:34 EDT 2014 F/ Ooghe Paris, ot , GB
15983 Mon Sep 01 13:40:33 EDT 2014 Joshua Zwolenik Clemson, SC , US
15982 Mon Sep 01 07:58:33 EDT 2014 Brent Hepner Norfolk, VA , US
15981 Thu Aug 28 12:41:05 EDT 2014 Anonymous North Hollywood, CA , US It should be a rather obvious requirement that there should not be any conflict of interest with past careers in branches of government that may have been involved in human-rights violations! We need ethical More....
15980 Fri Aug 22 13:51:57 EDT 2014 K. Arnone Brooklyn, NY , US
15979 Mon Aug 18 12:38:45 EDT 2014 Anonymous
15978 Sun Aug 17 20:02:58 EDT 2014 john jainchill ashby, MA , US Im a regular contributor to HRW. But not if this is your relation with the government and you arent independent, and support, eg, any rendition.
15977 Sat Aug 16 17:18:35 EDT 2014 Dwayne Mcmillin North Fort Myers, FL , US
15976 Thu Aug 14 20:33:59 EDT 2014 Anonymous Vancouver, WA , US
15975 Sun Aug 10 16:51:23 EDT 2014 Kathleen Murphy Newcastle, WA , US
15974 Sat Aug 09 08:11:13 EDT 2014 Damien McLeod Key Largo, FL , US
15973 Fri Aug 08 12:14:33 EDT 2014 Charles Pinderhughes Newark, NJ , US
15972 Fri Aug 01 13:41:56 EDT 2014 Keith Morris Los Angeles, CA , US
15971 Thu Jul 31 03:02:51 EDT 2014 Georg Fries Hamburg, ot , DE People still believe organizations like "AI" or "HRW" were totally independent ngos. Turns out they are not always. In times where fake-ngos like "open society" even try to undermine whole countries and More....
15970 Wed Jul 30 11:51:46 EDT 2014 Sofia Karvouna Athens, ot , GR
15969 Tue Jul 29 12:17:51 EDT 2014 Carl Cundy Custer, SD , US
15968 Mon Jul 28 07:42:26 EDT 2014 Judith Foran North Platte, NE , US
15967 Sat Jul 26 20:23:14 EDT 2014 Brian V Calgary, AB , CA
15966 Sat Jul 26 11:08:29 EDT 2014 Kate McLaughlin Shoreline, WA , US
15965 Sat Jul 26 09:15:13 EDT 2014 Juha Keltti Espoo, ot , FI
15964 Fri Jul 25 21:21:01 EDT 2014 Carol Cetrone Los Angeles, CA , US
15963 Thu Jul 24 14:00:28 EDT 2014 Clare Farabaugh Dallas, PA , US
15962 Thu Jul 24 01:11:00 EDT 2014 Charlene Richards Hawthorne, CA , US
15961 Tue Jul 22 20:23:52 EDT 2014 Holly Harwood Oakland, CA , US
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