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Ahead of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang issued this statement:

“Seventy years after its adoption, the UDHR is more relevant today than ever. Refugees face hostility around the world, freedom of dissent is under attack, and crimes against humanity are being committed in places like Myanmar, Yemen and Syria.

“In the US, the Trump administration is committed to policies based on hate and fear. We see it in the treatment of people seeking protection at the border, in the lack of accountability when young people of color are killed by the people meant to protect them, and in the demonization of the press.

“The UDHR was written in the wake of the horrors of WWII. We call on leaders here at home and around the world to uphold human rights with the same urgency felt in 1948 when the authors wanted to reject authoritarianism and crimes against humanity. All of those who believe in human rights must continue to fight to uphold them.”