A Lengthy Chronology Of United States’ Trampling of Human Rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been the latest international agreement that the United States have withdrawn from, following the Paris climate accords, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Withdrawal from the UN council means continued violations of children’s rights and the continued detention of migrants fleeing their war-torn and violence-ravaged countries. The HRW has documented the severe psychological toll of indefinite detention on asylum-seeking mothers and children and the barriers it raises to due process.

Following its withdrawal from the UN body, it is unclear whether the US will be cooperative with it in any form or whether it will attempt to block the UN from investigating the violations of human rights and international laws.

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The Donald Trump administration has de-emphasised human rights with reshaping US foreign policy to the Trump Doctrine in which principles and values are set aside if they appear to conflict with narrow conceptions of US national interests.

Formerly in his Riyadh speech, Trump noted that the US would pursue a “principled realism” based not on advocating for human rights or democratization, but “security through stability” and, at best, “gradual reforms.”

He has always praised dictators in powers, including Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, despite his severely authoritarian rule and the mounting human rights abuses on his watch. He also deals with alleged human rights abusers like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un or Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trump’s derogatory campaign rhetoric against Muslims and immigrants won enthusiastic backing from prominent white supremacists who embrace anti-Jewish, anti-black and anti-Muslim ideologies. Attacks on immigrants have escalated in the US in recent months, culminating in the separation of parents from their children, some as young as four months old.

The US is poised to plunge into the abyss of chronic human rights violations. The Trump administration’s policy makes arbitrary distinctions based on race, ethnicity, national origin or religion that insults human dignity.

The US has repeatedly trampled on human rights in other countries and wilfully slaughtered innocent victims. The election of Trump as president in November 2016 capped a campaign marked by misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist rhetoric and Trump’s embrace of policies that would cause tremendous harm to vulnerable communities, contravene the United States’ core human rights obligations.

Amnesty International once put the US on a list of persistent violators of human rights. Violation of most fundamental human rights has always been a noticeable characteristic of the US governments. It is engaged in a cruel, brutalizing, unreliable, unnecessary and hugely expensive activity for no measurable gain.

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