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Amnesty International Calls on Both Trump and May to Address Human Rights Failings During President’s UK Trip

July 12, 2018

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 11: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Leaders from NATO member and partner states are meeting for a two-day summit, which is being overshadowed by strong demands by U.S. President Trump for most NATO member countries to spend more on defense. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Ahead of President Trump’s visit to the UK this week, Amnesty International is calling for Theresa May to “stand up to Trump” and to put the Anglo-American diplomatic relationship on a new “intelligently critical” footing.

Amnesty International UK called on the Prime Minister to take up key human rights issues when she meets the president for talks, including the US administration’s policy of detaining child migrants and the reinstatement and expansion of a highly controversial “global gag rule” affecting funding for international women’s health programs.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International, a host of other groups and thousands of members of the public will be staging protest marches and rallies on Friday, July 13, when Trump is due to hold political talks with May and her fellow ministers.

“In only 18 months, Mr. Trump has presided over a nightmarish human rights roll-back – from locking up child migrants and withdrawing from global human rights bodies, to imposing a discriminatory travel ban and decimating global funding for women,” said Kate Allen, executive director of AIUK. “Theresa May should stand up to Trump, reassert the core values of multilateralism and human rights, and put the Anglo-American diplomatic relationship on a new ‘intelligently critical’ footing.”

Amnesty International USA called on both parties to prioritize human rights: “While President Trump should surely be held accountable for failures to uphold human rights at home, both the U.S. and UK shoulder responsibility for violations like their inadequate responses to civilian deaths in Yemen or the lack of urgency in responding to the refugee crisis, and they must hold each other to account,” said Daniel Balson, advocacy director for Europe at Amnesty International USA. “This historic meeting must not treat human rights as a footnote.”