UN Concerned About Trump’s Intimidation of Journalists

A security guard removes Univision reporter Jorge Ramos from a Trump press conference in August 2016.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has issued his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. In it he lays out a number of concerns about Donald Trump, including his intimidation of journalists and judges.:

“…In the United States of America, I am concerned by the new
Administration’s handling of a number of human rights issues. Greater and
more consistent leadership is needed to address the recent surge in
discrimination, anti-Semitism, and violence against ethnic and religious
minorities. Vilification of entire groups such as Mexicans and Muslims,
and false claims that migrants commit more crimes than US citizens, are
harmful and fuel xenophobic abuses. I am dismayed at attempts by the
President to intimidate or undermine journalists and judges. I am also concerned about new immigration policies that ban admission of people from six predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, as well as policies which greatly expand the number of migrants at immediate risk of deportation–without regard for years spent in the US or family roots. These threaten to vastly increase use of detention, including of children. Expedited
deportations could amount to collective expulsions and refoulement, in breach of international law, if undertaken without due process guarantees,
including individual assessment. I am especially disturbed by the potential impact of these changes on children, who face being detained, or may see their families torn apart.”

Zeid, who represents Jordan at the UN, holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Cambridge University (Christ’s College). On 14 June 2008, he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the Southern California Institute of Law for his work on international justice.

The full text of his report can be read by clicking here. 

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