NBC News reports:
Hundreds of prominent human rights organizations, presidential candidates, Democratic senators and religious leaders are sounding the alarm over the Trump administration’s new Commission on Unalienable Rights. A trio of letters sent Tuesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and obtained by NBC News, accuse the State Department of sidelining rights for women and the LGBTQ community in favor of religious liberty.
One letter being sent Tuesday by more than 180 rights groups — including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Disability Rights and the Anti-Defamation League — demands that the commission be abolished. The groups say the commission is being overseen by clergy and scholars “known for extreme positions opposing LGBTQI and reproductive rights,” including some who they say have defended “indefensible human rights violations.”
One of the letters is signed by 22 Democratic senators, including presidential candidates Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Michael Bennet.
Human rights groups send letters Sec. Pompeo accusing the US State Dept. of sidelining rights for women and the LGBTQ community in favor of religious liberty. https://t.co/Vyxx7Jg0aQ
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 23, 2019
There is good reason to believe the commission is intended to redefine universal human rights to fit the administration’s twisted worldview.
Its likely first target: the rights of LGBTQ people, women, and other oppressed communities around the world. https://t.co/2wovpeLqtk
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 18, 2019