The President has picked David Friedman, a bankruptcy attorney who backs Israeli settlements, to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel. The confirmation hearing is already over, but the Senate Foreign Relations Committee won’t vote until February 27. Please read about Mr. Friedman here.
Then, please contact the members of the committee before Feb. 27. For a list of current committee members, click here.
by Naureen Shah, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA
On Friday, President Donald Trump single-handedly caused irrevocable damage to the United States’ human rights record. Trump and his administration are using bigotry to target refugees and immigrants in the name of national security.
Friday’s executive order is deliberately and heartlessly blind to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis the world is currently facing. It violates human rights and goes against this country’s shared values of equality, dignity and opportunity for all.
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by Salil Shetty, Secretary-General, Amnesty International
The turbulent events of 2016 have left people questioning many of the basic precepts on which the international system is based. Some politicians in particular seem set on tearing up the rulebook and starting from scratch as they struggle to respond to global threats and challenges, from economic crisis to acts of terrorism.
But governments trying to find stability by curtailing long-established human rights are going in the wrong direction: the solution to our problems is a stronger commitment to human rights, not a weaker one.
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