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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16037 3 months ago Ute Saito Portland, OR , US
16036 2.3 years ago Jeannie Ng
16035 2.9 years ago Darren Mitton Danielsville, GA , US
16034 4.2 years ago 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 4.8 years ago Anonymous Philadelphia, PA , US
16032 5 years ago Anonymous Arlington , TX , US
16031 5 years ago Robert Goldstein New York, NY , US
16030 5 years ago Catherine Hart Mt. Airy, MD , US
16029 5.4 years ago Gen Agustsson redondo beach, CA , US
16028 5.9 years ago Anonymous Fort Belvoir, VA , US
16027 6.2 years ago Anonymous Pompano Beach, FL , US
16026 6.4 years ago Jennifer Rose Morristown, NJ , US
16025 6.9 years ago Cory Collins St. John's, NL , CA HRW counsel Reed Brody showed himself to be deaf to common sense
16024 6.9 years ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL , US
16023 7.2 years ago Anonymous DE
16022 7.3 years ago Jeanne Mackay Marysville, MI , US
16021 7.4 years ago S B Rutland, VT , US
16020 7.5 years ago Wim Van Aelst Aarschot, ot , BE
16019 7.6 years ago Anonymous Santa Monica, CA , US
16018 7.9 years ago Alexander Gutierrez San Jose , CA , US
16017 7.9 years ago Donald Kokkonen Cambridge, WI , US
16016 8 years ago Herman S Simms Jr Detroit, MI , US
16015 8.1 years ago Alvena Pauls Abbotsford, BC , CA
16014 8.1 years ago Dane Waller Athens, OH , US
16013 8.1 years ago Anonymous AU
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