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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15959 5 years ago Stephanie Remington Costa Mesa, CA , US
15958 5 years ago Anonymous Beltsville, MD , US
15957 5 years ago María Sagrario Barrio Madrid, ot , ES
15956 5 years ago David Ziegler Chicago, IL , US Credibility is lacking with this revolving door!
15955 5 years ago Pat Shelton Jacksonville, FL , US
15954 5 years ago donald heisler sun city center, FL , US
15953 5 years ago Mikaela Sillman Hilo, HI , US
15952 5 years ago Will Coleman Greenville, SC , US
15951 5 years ago Gwynyth Chmara-Huff Granville, OH , US
15950 5 years ago Jeff and Karen Hay Kailua, HI , US
15949 5 years ago Anonymous Clio , MI , US
15948 5 years ago Mark Bebawi Sugarland , 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 5 years ago rebecca harmon arlington, VA , US
15946 5 years ago M Henri Day Stockholm, ot , SE
15945 5 years ago Steven Kostis New York, NY , US
15944 5 years ago donald heisler sun city center, FL , US
15943 5 years ago Rachel Kelley Denver, CO , US
15942 5 years ago Anonymous Columbia, MO , US
15941 5 years ago Frances Hoenigswald Philadelphia, PA , US
15940 5 years ago Pete Dolack Brooklyn, NY , US
15939 5 years ago Nancy Thede Montréal, QC , CA In the course of my former activities in Canada's paragovernmental institution Rights & Democracy, I was constantly in touch with HRW staff and had great respect for the political analysis contained...
15938 5 years ago Mehdi Jaber Paris, GB
15937 5 years ago Anonymous setif, ot , DZ peaaaaaaaaaaaaaace pleaaaaase
15936 5 years ago Rebecca Farmer Berkeley, CA , US
15935 5 years ago Maya Dream'z Sétif, PR , DZ
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