NYT Columnist Discusses Trump Administration’s ‘Commission On Unalienable Rights’
New York Times: Trump’s Ominous Attempt to Redefine Human Rights
Roger Cohen, columnist for the New York Times
“For the Trump administration to establish a ‘Commission on Unalienable Rights’ to examine the meaning of human rights, as it did this month, is a little like Saudi Arabia forming a commission on multiparty democracy or North Korea a commission on how to end famine. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so ominous. … The administration has excised reproductive rights from the annual State Department Country Reports on Human Rights. It watered down a recent United Nations Security Council resolution on victims of rape in armed conflict. It has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination are both without a United States member. … Trump, having shown willful neglect toward human rights, now wants to redefine them…” (7/12).