Whither Human Rights in the Era of Trump
Leila Nadya Sadat, Whither human rights in the era of Trump, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 35(2) (2017) pp. 77-84
10 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2017 Last revised: 22 Feb 2018
Date Written: March 30, 2017
This essay catalogs some of the early actions of the Trump administration in an attempt to discern its approach to human rights. It concludes that human rights are not likely either to be a priority of the administration, and, indeed, the administration may be supporting human rights violators and violations through its actions. It observes the parallels between the current U.S. administration and 1930s Germany. Rather than despair, the essay proposes positive, lawful and peaceful responses by countries, individuals and NGOs in order to maintain in place the liberal post-World War II international order.
Keywords: human rights, Trump, Muslim ban, freedom of speech, journalists, foreign policy, United States, racism, misogyny, immigrants, refugees, homophobia
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