America must reverse Trump’s course, make human rights central

By Cecile Mantovani and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – US President-elect Joe Biden must restore the country’s credibility on human rights at home and abroad, the director of Human Rights told Reuters on Wednesday. New York-based Watch after what he said. They were four years of abuse of democratic principles. Speaking to Reuters ahead of the activist group’s annual report, Kenneth Roth said that outgoing President Donald Trump had flouted human rights at home and been inconsistent in criticizing the rights record of other countries. Biden, who will take office Jan. 20, should make human rights a cornerstone of US foreign policy, said Roth, HRW’s chief executive. “Trump has been a complete disaster for human rights, he violated human rights at home and the furtherance of the January 6 attack on the Capitol is just the latest example of the natural culmination of four years of abuse of democratic principles,” he said Roth to Reuters. Television in Geneva. With eight days remaining in Trump’s term, the House will vote Wednesday on an impeachment article accusing him of inciting insurrection in a speech to his supporters last week before a mob of them stormed the Capitol, killing five. . Trump has denied responsibility for the violence and past accusations of human rights violations. He has said that his critics stole the elections to block his “Make America Great Again” and “America First” policies, but did not provide evidence. Roth accused Trump of having “flirted with all the friendly autocrats under the sun” while reserving criticism on human rights issues for his “supposed adversaries”: Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and “sometimes China.” “But that kind of absolutely inconsistent approach had no credibility. There was no force in his criticism when people knew that he was serving another political agenda, not a principled one,” he said. Biden should articulate human rights as a “guiding principle of US foreign policy and then stick with it, even when that’s difficult,” Roth said. He urged him to suspend arms sales to countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel and to criticize Indian Prime Minister Modi for his policy towards Muslims, “although India is going to be an important ally in the fight against China.” Roth also called for Biden to re-engage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Geneva forum that Trump abandoned in June 2018, “despite his criticism of Israel.”

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