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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15999 1 day ago Meredith Bennett stone mountain, GA , US
15998 3 days ago Nicole Johnson Hillsboro, OR , US
15997 1 week ago Mike Kuhlenbeck Des Moines, IA , US
15996 2 weeks ago Christopher Jones Rochester, NY , US Amen!
15995 2 weeks ago Penelope Seitler Mission, SD , US
15994 2 weeks ago Ulrik Horn Bristol, ot , GB
15993 2 weeks ago Kyle de Beausset Grosse Ile, MI ,
15992 2 weeks ago Anonymous New York, NY , US
15991 2 weeks ago David Murray El Cerrito, CA , US
15990 2 weeks ago Gerald Erickson Minneapolis, MN , US
15989 2 weeks ago Michel Corbeil QC , CA
15988 2 weeks ago William Politt Weare, NH ,
15987 3 weeks ago Lucas Brown Gaylord, MI , US
15986 4 weeks ago José Esteves PT
15985 1 month ago Julian & Alice Dewell Seattle, WA , US
15984 1 month ago Christina Reeves Selby, ot , AU
15983 1 month ago F. Ooghe Paris, ot , FR
15982 1 month ago Joshua Zwolenik Clemson, SC , US
15981 1 month 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 2 months ago Anonymous
15977 2 months 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 2 months ago Dwayne Mcmillin North Fort Myers, FL , US
15975 2 months ago Anonymous Vancouver, WA , US
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