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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15987 1 day ago Lucas Brown Gaylord, MI , US
15986 6 days ago José Esteves PT
15985 3 weeks ago Julian & Alice Dewell Seattle, WA , US
15984 3 weeks ago Christina Reeves Selby, ot , AU
15983 4 weeks ago F. Ooghe Paris, ot , FR
15982 4 weeks ago Joshua Zwolenik Clemson, SC , US
15981 4 weeks ago Brent Hepner Norfolk, VA , US
15980 1 month ago 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 nee...
15979 1 month ago K. Arnone Brooklyn, NY , US
15978 1 month ago Anonymous
15977 1 month ago 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.
15976 1 month ago Dwayne Mcmillin North Fort Myers, FL , US
15975 1 month ago Anonymous Vancouver, WA , US
15974 1 month ago Kathleen Murphy Newcastle, WA , US
15973 1 month ago Damien McLeod Key Largo, FL , US
15972 1 month ago Charles Pinderhughes Newark, NJ , US
15971 2 months ago Keith Morris Los Angeles, CA , US
15970 2 months ago 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...
15969 2 months ago Sofia Karvouna Athens, ot , GR
15968 2 months ago Carl Cundy Custer, SD , US
15967 2 months ago Judith Foran North Platte, NE , US
15966 2 months ago Brian V Calgary, AB , CA
15965 2 months ago Kate McLaughlin Shoreline, WA , US
15964 2 months ago Juha Keltti Espoo, ot , FI
15963 2 months ago Carol Cetrone LA, CA , United States
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