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 7 days ago Julian & Alice Dewell Seattle, WA , US
15984 1 week ago Christina Reeves Selby, ot , AU
15983 1 week ago F. Ooghe Paris, ot , FR
15982 2 weeks ago Joshua Zwolenik Clemson, SC , US
15981 2 weeks ago Brent Hepner Norfolk, VA , US
15980 3 weeks 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 4 weeks ago K. Arnone Brooklyn, NY , US
15978 4 weeks ago Anonymous
15977 4 weeks 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 ,
15973 1 month ago Damien McLeod Key Largo, FL , US
15972 1 month ago Charles Pinderhughes Newark, NJ , US
15971 1 month ago Keith Morris Los Angeles, CA , US
15970 1 month 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 1 month ago Sofia Karvouna Athens, ot , GR
15968 1 month ago Carl Cundy Custer, SD , US
15967 1 month ago Judith Foran North Platte, NE , US
15966 1 month ago Brian V Calgary, AB , CA
15965 1 month ago Kate McLaughlin Shoreline, WA , US
15964 1 month ago Juha Keltti Espoo, ot , FI
15963 1 month ago Carol Cetrone La, CA , United States
15962 1 month ago Clare Farabaugh Dallas, PA , US
15961 1 month ago Charlene Richards CA ,
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