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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15967 19 hours ago Judith Foran North Platte, NE , US
15966 2 days ago Brian V Calgary, AB , CA
15965 3 days ago Kate McLaughlin Shoreline, WA , US
15964 3 days ago Juha Keltti Espoo, ot , FI
15963 3 days ago Carol Cetrone La, CA , United States
15962 5 days ago Clare Farabaugh Dallas, PA , US
15961 5 days ago Charlene Richards
15960 6 days ago Holly Harwood Oakland, CA , US
15959 1 week ago Stephanie Remington Costa Mesa, CA , US
15958 1 week ago Anonymous Beltsville, MD , US
15957 1 week ago Maria Sagrario Barrio Madrid, ot , ES
15956 1 week ago David Ziegler Chicago, IL , US Credibility is lacking with this revolving door!
15955 1 week ago Pat Shelton Jacksonville, FL , US
15953 1 week ago mikaela sillman Hilo, HI , US
15952 1 week ago Will Coleman Greenville, South Carolina, SC , US
15951 1 week ago Gwynyth Chmara-Huff Granville, OH , US
15950 1 week ago Karen and Jeff Hay Santa Cruz, CA , US
15949 1 week ago Anonymous Clio, MI , US
15948 1 week ago Mark Bebawi sugar land, TX , US This "cooling off period" is a good idea for all companies and organizations. The revolving door is bad for the country and the world.
15947 1 week ago rebecca harmon Arlington, VA , US
15946 1 week ago M Henri Day Stockholm, ot , SE
15945 1 week ago Steven Kostis New York, NY , US
15943 1 week ago Rachel Kelley Denver, CO , US
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