Trump Administration Again Omits Reproductive Rights From U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Reports

CNN: U.S. human rights report notes Khashoggi killing, avoids mention of Saudi prince
“The State Department’s human rights report for 2018 released Wednesday … makes it explicitly clear that a country’s rights record will not be a determining factor guiding U.S. diplomacy. ‘The policy of this administration is to engage with other governments, regardless of their record, if doing so will further U.S. interests,’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states in the preface. … As in 2017, the report has a drastically reduced emphasis on sexual and reproductive rights, though it notes the treatment of LBGT communities…” (Gaouette/Hansler, 3/13).

Los Angeles Times: Annual U.S. human rights report condemns Khashoggi killing but avoids assigning blame
“…For the second year, the State Department report did not mention reproductive rights for women as a fundamental human right. [Michael Kozak, a senior State Department official who oversaw writing the human rights report,] said the term was omitted…” (Wilkinson, 3/13).

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