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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15984 5 years ago Christina Reeves Melbourne, ot , AU
15983 5 years ago F/ Ooghe Paris, ot , GB
15982 5 years ago Joshua Zwolenik Clemson, SC , US
15981 5 years ago Brent Hepner Norfolk, VA , US
15980 5.1 years 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 5.1 years ago K. Arnone Brooklyn, NY , US
15978 5.1 years ago Anonymous
15977 5.1 years 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 5.1 years ago Dwayne Mcmillin North Fort Myers, FL , US
15975 5.1 years ago Anonymous Vancouver, WA , US
15974 5.1 years ago Kathleen Murphy Newcastle, WA , US
15973 5.1 years ago Damien McLeod Key Largo, FL , US
15972 5.1 years ago Charles Pinderhughes Newark, NJ , US
15971 5.1 years ago Keith Morris Los Angeles, CA , US
15970 5.1 years 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 5.1 years ago Sofia Karvouna Athens, ot , GR
15968 5.1 years ago Carl Cundy Custer, SD , US
15967 5.1 years ago Judith Foran North Platte, NE , US
15966 5.1 years ago Brian V Calgary, AB , CA
15965 5.1 years ago Kate McLaughlin Shoreline, WA , US
15964 5.2 years ago Juha Keltti Espoo, ot , FI
15963 5.2 years ago Carol Cetrone Los Angeles, CA , US
15962 5.2 years ago Clare Farabaugh Dallas, PA , US
15961 5.2 years ago Charlene Richards Hawthorne, CA , US
15960 5.2 years ago Holly Harwood Oakland, CA , US
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