Amnesty International France President Cécile Coudriou at a press conference in Paris on 21 February 2018
The „demonization policies“ have led to countless human rights violations in 2017, Amnesty International says in its annual report released on Thursday, denouncing Donald Trump’s European and US policies on immigration and immigration. reception of refugees.
„Throughout 2017, millions of people around the world have tasted the bitter fruits of demonization policies,“ says the NGO’s report, presented for the first time in the United States, in Washington. .
Amnesty criticizes the „rulers of the richest countries“ for their approach to the migrant crisis, „which combines dodging with outright inhumanity“.
In Europe, the NGO believes that most leaders „have decided that practically everything is allowed to prevent refugees from reaching the shores of the continent“
In Europe, the NGO believes that most leaders „have decided that practically everything is allowed to prevent refugees from reaching the shores of the continent“.
She also mentions the recent elections in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands, where „some candidates have sought to translate social and economic anxieties into resentment, especially towards migrants“.
Salil Shetty, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, is attacking US President Donald Trump, who since his election has stepped up attempts to impose an anti-immigration decree, several times suspended by the courts.
And to say in front of the press in Washington: „It is a president who really said to approve, during the first months (of his mandate), the use of the torture and you can imagine what it means for the governments in the world who use torture extensively „.
– ‚Powerless International Community‘ –
The organization also denounces the „ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingyas of Myanmar“, which resulted in the exodus of 655,000 people.
„This episode will go down in history as another example of the calamitous helplessness of the international community to resolve situations conducive to the worst mass atrocities,“ the NGO said.
Amnesty also dwells on the number of „scary“ civilian casualties in armed conflict, citing „the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen“, the „indiscriminate“ killings in Syria and Iraq, and the forced exile of the people of Sudan. South.
In some cases, „the parties to conflicts that tear the planet do not even seek to maintain a semblance of compliance with their obligations,“ she is alarmed.
The report also blames governments for exploiting concerns about terrorism to „challenge the balance between state power and individual freedoms“.
She cites the example of France, which ended the state of emergency only after having included in „common law many of the provisions of the emergency regime“.
– Regulate social networks –
On the other hand, the report welcomes the #MeToo movement and the marches organized on International Women’s Day, for having drawn attention „to the appalling extent of sexual abuse and harassment“.
Amnesty also welcomes the „ordinary citizens“ bombardment for justice, such as the recent mobilization of young Florida shootout survivors calling for tighter gun control.
„There is no better example than what we have seen in recent days with young people in this country who are resisting and fighting gun violence,“ said Salil Shetty in Washington.
Finally, on the internet, in front of „the almost unlimited possibility to incite hatred and violence“, Amnesty is sorry for the scarcity of the tools available to regulate these exchanges and points the responsibility of the giants of the web.
„The avalanche of online insults, especially against women, and the incitement to hatred against minorities, give rise to only soft and inconsistent responses from the companies that manage social networks“ and States.
In conclusion, just a few months before the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty International „can not take one of the fundamental rights for granted“.
„We must rise against these strategies of demonization, and instead build solidarity strategies,“ claims the NGO.