Monday, January 20, 2020

US Moving Backwards on Human Rights

Not surprisingly, the Human Rights Watch's 2020 report on human rights in the United States reads as an indictment of our nation's current policy directions and basic commitment to fundamental values.  Here are the first two paragraphs of the report:

"In 2019, the United States continued to move backwards on rights. The Trump administration rolled out inhumane immigration policies and promoted false narratives that perpetuate racism and discrimination; did not do nearly enough to address mass incarceration; undermined the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people; further weakened the ability of Americans to obtain adequate health care; and deregulated industries that put people’s health and safety at risk.

In its foreign policy, the Trump administration made little use of its diminishing leverage to promote human rights abroad; continued to undermine multilateral institutions; and flouted international human rights and humanitarian law as it partnered with abusive governments—though it did sanction some individuals and governments for committing human rights abuses."

The complete U.S. section of HRW's 30th annual World Report -- which includes sections on criminal law, juvenile justice, race, poverty and inequality, and women's rights, among others -- is available here

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