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.

Nobel Peace Laureates to HRW: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government
Keane Bhatt: The Hypocrisy of Human Rights Watch
Chase Madar: Hawks for Humanity
More Than 100 Latin America Experts Question HRW's Venezuela Report

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.

176-200 of 16033 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add your own comment ...
15858 4.3 years ago Esmail Fadae
15857 4.3 years ago Meghan Valentich Pittsburgh, PA , US
15856 4.3 years ago Susan Cook portland, OR , US
15855 4.4 years ago Cristina Piccoli London, ot , GB
15854 4.4 years ago Anonymous Houston, TX , US
15853 4.4 years ago Anonymous Jelgava, ot , LV
15852 4.4 years ago Anonymous London, ot , GB HRW credibility is totally undermined.
The 'revolving door' between US Gov.t and HRW currently means the 'world human rights organisation', is 'owned' by the 'exceptional, indispensable' war cr...
15851 4.4 years ago Anonymous Tartu, IN , EE
15850 4.4 years ago Suzanne Horsburgh LaVerne, CA , US
15849 4.4 years ago Levanah Darlene Ruthschild Baltimore, MD , US
15848 4.4 years ago Lisa Valanti Pittsburgh, PA , US
15847 4.4 years ago Stuart Ridgway Woy Woy, New South Wales, ot , AU
15846 4.4 years ago Tom Ruiz Bastrop, TX , US
15845 4.4 years ago R W Abbotsford, BC , CA
15844 4.4 years ago Lisa Wood Arcata, CA , US I watched the debate on DN and the gentleman arguing against Human Rights Watch position won hands down. Human Rights Watch should re-analyze its whole structure. You are embedded in the very instit...
15843 4.4 years ago Jayne Martin Cathedral City , CA , US
15842 4.4 years ago Gary Lampman Hendersonville, TN , US
15841 4.4 years ago hagar garti IL
15840 4.4 years ago Virgil Alley Aurora, MO , US
15839 4.4 years ago Stephen Goddard Bristol, ot , GB
15838 4.4 years ago Robert, Jr. Palermo Maple Shade, NJ , US
15837 4.4 years ago Víctor Egido Barcelona, ot , ES
15836 4.4 years ago Rick Blanc Los Angeles, CA , US
15835 4.4 years ago Barbara Batchelor Minneapolis, MN , US
15834 4.4 years ago Kairen Brooke-Anderson London, ot , GB
Next ->

All fields indicated by a red asterisk (*) are required.  By taking action you will be automatically signed up for action alerts from Roots Action. We consider your contact information to be private and confidential. We will NOT disclose it to any other entity unless you specifically authorize us to do so. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of any email you receive from us.