In the area of civil rights, we’re going backward under the Trump administration.
Two things have my angst on edge tonight, both involving humanitarian rights.
From The Guardian, Friday 04 January 2019 …
US halts cooperation with UN on potential human rights violations
The Trump administration has stopped cooperating with UN investigators over potential human rights violations occurring inside America, in a move that delivers a major blow to vulnerable US communities and sends a dangerous signal to authoritarian regimes around the world.
Quietly and unnoticed, the state department has ceased to respond to official complaints from UN special rapporteurs, the network of independent experts who act as global watchdogs on fundamental issues such as poverty, migration, freedom of expression and justice. There has been no response to any such formal query since 7 May 2018, with at least 13 requests going unanswered.
Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s human rights program, said the shift gave the impression the…
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