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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15883 4.5 years ago Carl Anderson Yeadon, PA , US
15882 4.5 years ago Anonymous SOUTH GATE, CA , US
15881 4.5 years ago laura raforth rochester, NY , US
15880 4.5 years ago JIM HEAD OAK PARK, MI , US
15879 4.5 years ago G Z Ann Arbor, MI , US
15878 4.5 years ago Tanja Durbic Toronto, ON , CA
15877 4.5 years ago Ramola D Quincy, MA , US I used to support Human Rights Watch and sign their petitions but don't feel inclined currently to support a government-run or Intel-run front group playing at human rights issues and limiting the f...
15876 4.5 years ago Salvador Santos Hialeah, FL , US
15875 4.5 years ago Anonymous Eureka, CA , US
15874 4.5 years ago Thomas Newberry Kamloops, BC , CA
15873 4.5 years ago Cynthia Brown Klangos Pittsfield, MA , US
15872 4.5 years ago Maarten Nieber Berlin, NY , DE If indeed - as you claim - this policy will not make a real difference in who the HRW employs, then you should go ahead and implement it to take away the doubts about the independence of HRW.
15871 4.5 years ago Anonymous ot , FR
15870 4.5 years ago Anonymous alexandria, VA , US
15869 4.5 years ago Douglas Mirell Los Angeles, CT , US
15868 4.5 years ago Denise Arsenault FL , US
15867 4.5 years ago W. Scott Meeks Arlington, MA , US
15866 4.5 years ago Alec Rodden Thornton, CO , US
15865 4.5 years ago Steven Markgraf McFarland, WI , US
15864 4.5 years ago Francis Saponara-Rodriguez Darien, IL , US
15863 4.5 years ago Heather Spiller Norwich, ot , GB
15862 4.5 years ago Michelle Beamish ot , GB
15861 4.5 years ago Jenna Belding Prince Albert, SK , CA
15860 4.5 years ago Ruth Sheets Brookhaven, PA , US Please be more careful of the people you select for positions in human rights. We count on people who really do want true human rights fostered and protected. R.Shets
15859 4.5 years ago Sherrie Pizzo Elmira , NY , US
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