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Amnesty International: Trump Rhetoric Endangers World

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 05:47 AM

Amnesty International has lumped President Donald Trump in with a handful of other world leaders who are threatening human rights around the globe, according to its annual report published on Tuesday.

The 2016-17 report pointed to Trump, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for rhetoric the organization called "divisive fear-mongering (that) has become a dangerous force in world affairs," reported CNN.

"Whether it is Trump, Orban, Erdoğan or Duterte, more and more politicians calling themselves anti-establishment are wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people," Amnesty International's secretary general Salil Shetty said in a statement accompanying the report.

The report said large groups of people continued to escape from war and repression in various regions around the world. It also said some countries failed to uphold sexual and reproductive rights while others were hounded by government surveillance.

The 409-page report was particularly harsh on Trump and even past President Barack Obama.

"Donald Trump's poisonous campaign rhetoric exemplifies a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics," the report said. "Across the world, leaders and politicians wagered their future power on narratives of fear and disunity, pinning blame on the 'other' for the real or manufactured grievances of the electorate."

"His predecessor, President Barack Obama, leaves a legacy that includes many grievous failures to uphold human rights, not least the expansion of the CIA's secretive campaign of drone strikes and the development of a gargantuan mass surveillance machine as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden."

The report also pointed to Aleppo, Syria, which has been devastated by air strikes, along with deaths of civilians in Yemen and illegal killings in South Sudan as examples of worsening human rights situations.

"Meanwhile, the gap between imperative and action, and between rhetoric and reality, was stark and at times staggering," the report stated. "Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the failure of states attending September's (United Nations) summit for refugees and migrants to agree any adequate response to the global refugee crisis which assumed still greater magnitude and urgency during the year. While world leaders failed to rise to the challenge, 75,000 refugees remained trapped in a desert no man's land between Syria and Jordan."

Last month, Human Rights Watch also targeted Trump and the rise of populism in its 2017 World Report 2017 as a threat to global human rights.

"The rise of populism poses a profound threat to human rights," Human Right Watch's executive director Kenneth Roth said in a statement. "Trump and various politicians in Europe seek power through appeals to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and nativism. They all claim that the public accepts violations of human rights as supposedly necessary to secure jobs, avoid cultural change, or prevent terrorist attacks. In fact, disregard for human rights offers the likeliest route to tyranny."

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