Amnesty Int’l Leader: Trump Rolls Back Gains Made In Respecting Human Rights

Newly appointed Secretary General of Amnesty International global human rights movement, Kumi Naidoo, speaks to the media at a press conference held at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on August 16... Newly appointed Secretary General of Amnesty International global human rights movement, Kumi Naidoo, speaks to the media at a press conference held at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on August 16, 2018. (Photo by GULSHAN KHAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read GULSHAN KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 16, 2018 10:36 a.m.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new leader of Amnesty International says many world leaders, especially President Donald Trump, are rolling back gains made in respecting human rights.

Kumi Naidoo describes the Trump administration’s separation of families at U.S. borders as “one of the worst atrocities” the world has seen in a long time.

The South African-born former anti-apartheid activist began a four-year term at the helm of the London-based rights group on Wednesday. He says the challenges to human rights in the world today mean that his organization must show “maximum courage.”

He singles out the governments of Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Yemen and the Philippines as ones he says are failing to respect human rights.

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