UNITED NATIONS: Human Rights Groups Say Trump Administration Threatens Officials, Ignores Complaints

The Guardian reports:

Protests have poured in from organisations objecting to the Trump administration’s virtual boycott of established systems designed to protect human rights, after the US withdrew from the United Nations human rights council last year. Washington is accused of rebuffing official complaints from monitors, undermining human rights bodies and threatening officials with prosecution should they set foot on US soil.

The latest condemnation has come from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has delivered a scathing appraisal to the human rights council (HRC) in Geneva. The ACLU charged that over the past year “the Trump administration has escalated its hostility towards human rights bodies including the apparent severing of relationships with independent experts appointed to monitor and report on human rights violations”.