By the end of the week, the administration of our 45th president Donald J. Trump will have reached its 100th day in office, and while President Trump is mostly right that the 100-day mark is “a ridiculous standard,” the milestone is helpful in taking stock of what a burgeoning administration has done.
Or, in the case of Amnesty International, the 100-day mark allows time to reflect on alleged human rights abuses that have taken place in the new administration’s first three months in office.
A new report from the human rights organization claims that the Trump administration is guilty of no less than 100 threats on human rights, such as stopping refugees from entering the U.S., making attempts to attain asylum more difficult, downplaying reports of alleged hate-based discrimination within the U.S., emboldening human rights abusers such as Egypt and Russia, expanding military efforts and capping support for U.N. peacekeeping missions, to name just several.
And while the report is full of plenty of gloom and doom, the Amnesty International document also makes it clear that people can voice their opposition and stand up to power if they don’t like something an administration is up to.
Liberal advocacy site ThinkProgress includes a quote from Executive Director of Amnesty International USA Margaret Huang to that effect. In a statement, Huang says: “What’s incredible isn’t just all the ways the Trump administration has tried to deny people freedom, justice, and equality?—?but all the ways that the public has pushed back and refused to let it happen.”
In a way, that’s true. The aforementioned “travel ban” was vociferously protested across the country and it has since been twice defeated in the U.S. court system. While there isn’t necessarily a direct correlation/causation in that case, it goes to show that peacefully speaking out can’t hurt in advancing a cause.
Find Amnesty International’s full report here.