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.

201-225 of 16033 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add your own comment ...
15833 4.4 years ago William Derrah Western Springs, IL , US
15832 4.4 years ago Ian Brown Cheadle, ot , GB
15831 4.4 years ago Gene and Dori Peters Mitchell, SD , US We are members of HRW and have been contributing monthly for some time. We will reconsider after we see the response to this from HRW.

15830 4.4 years ago Lorne Albert CA , US
15829 4.4 years ago Anonymous Menlo Park, CA , US
15828 4.4 years ago Anonymous Moreno Valley, CA , US
15827 4.4 years ago Allison Hart Dayton, OH , US
15826 4.4 years ago Ed Jocz Freehold, NJ , US
15825 4.4 years ago Anonymous New York, NY , US
15824 4.4 years ago Douglas Hodge Seattle, WA , US
15823 4.4 years ago Marie Weis Fox Island, WA , US
15822 4.4 years ago Steven Ostrow Chestnut Hill, MA , US As a very long-time supporter of HRW, I must say that this is the first -- & a very disturbing -- negative note I have ever heard about HRW. I urge the organization to pay CLOSE attention to the "r...
15821 4.4 years ago James Dunson Lakeland, FL , US
15820 4.4 years ago Anonymous S h, FL , US
15819 4.4 years ago Anonymous NY, NY , US
15818 4.4 years ago Lynda Paz y Mino Havertown, PA , US
15817 4.4 years ago Gerrit Benschop Amsterdam, NL
15816 4.4 years ago Kelvin Lee Australia, ot , AU
15815 4.4 years ago Xavier Best Decatur , GA , US
15814 4.4 years ago Elise Villemaire Santa Rosa, CA , US As a U.S. citizen, I see that being connected at the hip with any U.S. and therefore hegemonic administration would be a terrible choice for human rights around the world.
15813 4.4 years ago Tara Prigge Barcelona, NJ , GB
15812 4.4 years ago Gene Ulmer Salt Lake Cty, UT , US
15811 4.4 years ago Margaret S. Maurin Bryn Mawr, PA , US
15810 4.4 years ago Anonymous Lubbock, TX , US
15809 4.4 years ago Anonymous Malvern, PA , US
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