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.

101-125 of 16034 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add your own comment ...
15934 4.8 years ago Janis Todd Princeton Junction , NJ , US
15933 4.8 years ago Paula Abrams-Hourani Vienna, ot , AT
15932 4.8 years ago Robert Montgomery AU
15931 4.8 years ago Paul Barnett Hewitt, NJ , US
15930 4.8 years ago Steven Hohensee Easton, KS , US Human Rights Watch is a complete disgrace to the cause of human rights. Always behind the pack when criticizing US crimes, but leading the pack when it comes to Venezuela or Cuba.

Utterly d...
15929 4.8 years ago Patricia Blair Kailua , HI , US
15928 4.8 years ago PETER ENDERS grand rapids, MI , US
15927 4.8 years ago William Rico Needham, MA , US If HRW were to focus on the puppet masters in the US government as much as it does on their puppets in developing countries, the cause of human rights would be furthered greatly.
15926 4.8 years ago Lucinda Cross Cape Town, ZA It's unclear why HRW has become defensive about these proposals. they're uncontroversial and apply equally to all governments and political agendas.
15925 4.8 years ago Margaret C Smith Murphy, NC , US
15924 4.8 years ago Miriam ADAMS Albuquerque, NM , US No more revolving doors...Human Rights are too important to contaminate with political agenda.
15923 4.8 years ago Mary Saunders Portland, OR , US Re-building credibility may be possible, but present conflicts make that a big challenge.
15922 4.8 years ago greg godels Pittsburgh, PA , US
15921 4.8 years ago Don Nash Globe, AZ , US Human Rights Watch really needs to stop being so feckless and distance itself from all things U.S..
15920 4.8 years ago Rhyll McMaster Chippendale, ot , AU
15919 4.8 years ago Wayne cates Gardner , MA , US
15918 4.8 years ago Ryan Swenson Provo, UT , US
15917 4.8 years ago Richard Hering London, ot , GB I would add something to the two excellent letters sent by, among others, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to HRW's director Kenneth Roth. Latin America is a 30-year-long area of expertise for me, includ...
15916 4.8 years ago Justin Betts NZ
15915 4.8 years ago alis castano mississauga, ON , GB
15914 4.8 years ago sean smith Georgetown, ON , CA
15913 4.8 years ago Anonymous Lynnwood, WA , US
15912 4.8 years ago Matthew Jerauld Whitney Point, NY , US
15911 4.8 years ago Anonymous DE
15910 4.8 years ago Greg Trainer Ridley Park , PA , US
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