Millions Will Be Harmed by Trump’s Policies, Warns Rights Advocate in Open Letter

November 25, 2016
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‘As president, you will have the heavy responsibility to prevent enactment of dangerous pledges and proposals that were made in the course of the campaign’

Published on Thursday, November 24, 2016 by Common Dreams

By Nika Knight, staff writer

WN: Human Rights Watch Director Kenneth Roth, subject of the article highlighted below, valid as it is towards Trump, seemingly reveals the insidiousness of “American Exceptionalism” which is part of Motherhood and Apple Pie with which he and most Americans are indoctrinated and perhaps exhibit in spite of themselves. America’s reputation (of (supposed) greatness and moral rectitude) in the world is mainly figment of Americans’ imaginations, and of either sycophants in other nations, or those possessed of absurd naïveté in juxtaposition to an American horror story of holocaust and genocide, slaughters and assassinations the world over, not to mention the savagery of slavery that formed the economic basis of America’s “greatness” for over a century after its founding. I address some of this here, and variously in numerous Blog posts. In short: countless millions have been and continue to be harmed since America’s inception. Trump is simply vulgar continuation of the rule, merely a garden variety kind of Ugly American leader.

an excerpt:

President-elect Donald Trump must “repudiate and rescind” his dangerous policy plans, or he will risk the lives of millions and forever damage the reputation of the United States, warned Human Rights Watch (HRW) executive director Kenneth Roth in an open letter to Trump sent Wednesday.

Roth specifically cited Trump’s rhetoric around women, refugees, torture, the environment, health care, and media freedom.

“In particular, statements that indicate backtracking from U.S. human rights commitments and the rule of law threaten the well-being of people within the United States and U.S. standing in the world,” Roth wrote. “Even leaving positions on issues ambiguous can have a lasting corrosive effect.”

“Beyond these direct policy proposals, you have for many years made statements about women that are deeply offensive and fly in the face of human rights principles of dignity and equality.”
—Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch

Torture and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment violates U.S. law, including the federal torture statute and the War Crimes Act. It also violates long-recognized protections under the laws of war, including the 1949 Geneva Conventions,” Roth reminded the president-elect, and added that it would additionally endanger national security to reinstate the Bush-era torture program, as history has shown that torture tends to radicalize opponents.

Moreover, expanding indefinite detention in Guantanamo Bay, establishing a “Muslim registry” and “extreme vetting” of asylum seekers, in addition to deporting two to three million immigrants, as Trump has promised, would further stain the country’s human rights record—and endanger countless people, Roth argued.

Curtailing women’s access to healthcare—particularly at a time when the U.S. is one of the only countries suffering from a rise in the number of women dying during childbirth—would “cause harm to millions of women,” Roth wrote.

“Beyond these direct policy proposals,” Roth added, “you have for many years made statements about women that are deeply offensive and fly in the face of human rights principles of dignity and equality. While you deny having committed sexual assault, you have spoken of it with a callousness that deeply concerned people around the country, risked normalizing violence against women, and jeopardized the standing of the U.S. in global efforts to combat gender-based violence.”

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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