Human rights advocacy organization Amnesty International has accused US President Donald Trump of violating human rights by adopting “hateful” politics.
“President Trump takes actions that violate human rights at home and abroad,” the group said in its annual report The State of the World’s Human Rights published Thursday.
Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s Secretary General, named Trump’s last year entry ban that kept citizens of certain Muslim countries, including Iran, from entering the US as one of the many examples of “the politics of hate” that were seen across the globe last year.
“The transparently hateful move by the US government in January to ban entry to people from several Muslim-majority countries set the scene for a year in which leaders took the politics of hate to its most dangerous conclusion,” she said.
Despite facing overwhelming opposition inside America and abroad, Trump insists that the ban is necessary to keep what he calls “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the US.
Shetty said prominent world leaders like Trump offered a “nightmarish vision” of societies that were immersed in hatred, a picture that she said encouraged those who “promote bigotry.”
“The specters of hatred and fear now loom large in world affairs, and we have few governments standing up for human rights in these disturbing times,” she added.
In a separate statement about the human rights situation in the Americas, Amnesty accused Trump of worsening the immigration crisis by stepping up border crackdowns and making a “cruel” pledge to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
“More than 50,000 people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador sought asylum in other countries, thousands of whom were then apprehended at the US border,” the statement added.
The Republican president has signed executive orders that call for the hiring of 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more immigration officers.
Since campaigning for the 2016 presidential election, Trump has been accused of stoking racial, ethnic and religious tensions lurking within America.
Human rights experts have warned about the rising racism and xenophobia in the US under his presidency.