Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Human Rights Watch has just published an extensive report on the human rights at stake in the current debate over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court. The report, available here, examines opinions Kavanaugh issued during his 12 years on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and his speeches and writings throughout his career. According to Human Rights Watch, "[i]t demonstrates reason to be concerned about his record on a number of issues including abortion rights; healthcare; freedom of expression; due process, especially in the national security context; accountability for police and other government abuse; the need for limits to mass warrantless government surveillance; and net neutrality." HRW adds that Kavanaugh "also appears not to accept the important principle that international human rights law should be seen as relevant when interpreting certain US law. "