Trump urged to drop 'hateful rhetoric' and respect human rights

By agency reporter
January 20, 2017

As Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office to become the next president of the United States later today (20 January 2017), Amnesty International is pressing him and his administration to protect human rights in the USA and abroad.

Amnesty has expressed serious concerns with President-elect Trump's campaign proposals – including creating a Muslim registry and banning Muslim refugees – as well as his rhetorical attacks on women, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTI people, activists, journalists and numerous of his critics.

As his new administration prepares to take office, Amnesty is calling on Donald Trump to protect those affected by armed conflict and crisis, and to uphold protections for human rights activists.

Amnesty is also calling on Trump to publicly repudiate the use of torture and to close the US detention centre at Guantánamo Bay.

Amnesty International USA's Executive Director Margaret Huang said: "As president, Donald Trump must abandon the hateful rhetoric that riddled his campaign and commit to protecting human rights for everyone.

"We are in the middle of a global humanitarian crisis. There are more people fleeing violence and unrest than at any time since World War II. The United States has long welcomed those seeking refuge; indeed it is a country that has been largely founded and built by immigrants and refugees.

"The United States must also commit to protecting and celebrating those who defend human rights at home and abroad. Attacks on peaceful protesters, prisoners of conscience, journalists, dissidents and minorities cannot be tolerated. Nobody should forfeit their safety for peacefully defending human rights or disagreeing with policies.

"To President Trump, we say: every day in office, every choice you make will define your legacy. You can choose to leave the world a better place or one in which hatred, fear and discrimination grow stronger. We urge you to condemn hate and protect human rights."

* Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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