Saturday 10 December 2016
To mark Human Rights Day 2016, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has penned an open letter o the President-Elect of the United States Donald Trump, calling on him to reassert the US as a leading model for championing individual liberty and human rights.
Signed by IBAHRI Co-Chairs Baroness Helena Kennedy and Ambassador (ret) Hans Corell, the letter highlights a US retreat from the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence and 1791 United States Bill of Rights; raises concerns over the decline of human rights in the US; and outlines a number of pertinent human rights issues where the country now lags behind many other nations, including:
Among other topics, the letter also focuses on the US non-ratification of the most widely ratified treaty in history: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. On the latter the letter states: ‘The missing US ratification of this treaty stands out as an extraordinary lacuna in our common effort to empower women around the world.’
The open letter results from the deliberations of a panel of experts in the arena of human rights and international lawyers brought together to consider the situation of human rights in the US. The discussion took place at a session convened by the IBAHRI at the IBA Annual Conference in Washington DC, on 19 September 2016.
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