Amnesty International fears President-elect Trump’s ‘poisonous’ words may translate into human rights abuses

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Trump: I would certainly apologise if you would like me to do that.

Following President-elect Donald Trump’s victory,  Amnesty International secretary-general Salil Shetty said,  “President-elect Trump has provoked grave consternation at many points throughout his election campaign and raised serious concerns about the strength of commitment we can expect to see from the United States towards human rights in the future.  He must now put this behind him and both reaffirm and abide by the United States’ obligations on human rights‚ at home and abroad.”

Margaret Huang, the organisation’s executive director in the US says, “This rhetoric cannot and must not become government policy. The xenophobic‚ sexist and other hateful remarks made by Trump have no place in government.  From internment camps to the use of torture‚ we have seen disastrous results when those we elect to represent us flout the United States’ obligations to uphold human rights. All who have been elected today – from the executive office to city council – should bear these lessons in mind.”


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