Friday, June 15, 2018

Not Fake News: The Administration Is Rejecting All Human Rights

What has become frighteningly clear is that the Administration is moving quickly to deny that human rights are of any consequence.  That human rights exist and human rights law has any influence is soon to be fake news.

In addition to the horrendous ripping of children and mothers at the US border, two recent actions support the administration's disregard of human rights.  Earlier this week, Attorney General Sessions announced that victims of gang violence and domestic violence will no longer be eligible for asylum.  In his announcement, Mr. Sessions stated that asylum was never intended to protect from these forms of violence.  Yet the risk of death by those trying to escape results from the home state's refusal to protect its citizens from gang and domestic violence. This is a state, not private matter.  Of course those most affected by this violence are women, LGBTQ individuals and children, who are particularly vulnerable targets of the President. 

Now it appears that the US will withdraw from the UN's human rights council.  The conceit used is US complaints that the council has passed too many resolutions condemning Israel for human rights violations.  Whether that is accurate is irrelevant to the decision.  The underlying indicators reveal that the President has wanted nothing to do with the HR Council since early in his tenure.  The Administration has heard enough about human rights. Any discussion is over.

 

 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/human_rights/2018/06/beware-the-administration-is-rejecting-all-human-rights.html

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On June 15, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission sent letters to DOJ and the Dep't of Homeland Security denouncing the Administration's practice of separating children and families at the border. One U.S. agency speaking out for human rights: http://www.usccr.gov/press/2018/06-15-18-letter.pdf

Posted by: Human Rights at Home blog | Jun 16, 2018 9:41:06 PM

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