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U.S. Advocates Fear Creation of a Hierarchy of Human Rights

As the Trump administration tries to further limit the fundamental rights of U.S. citizens, advocates are particularly concerned by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s controversial Commission on Unalienable Rights, which would relegate some rights, including marriage equality and abortion, to the status of “political controversies” or “preferences.”

While a new administration could disregard the work of the Commission, particularly given the lack of support from the Department of State’s own human rights division and the international community, RFK Human Rights’ SVP Wade McMullen says the damage has already been done.

“There is now a model put forth in the international community, via a very powerful and influential international actor in the United States, endorsing cultural relativism and politicizing rights claims that have been well established through the international human rights project,” McMullen says.

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