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London-based human rights lawyer Amal Clooney looks on during an event organized by Amnesty International.(FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Criticism & hope

Amal Clooney says some of Trump’s proposals would violate international human rights law

By WITW Staff on November 18, 2016

Amal Clooney, renowned human rights lawyer, said that several of President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals would be clear violations of international human rights law, but left some room for hope, during a keynote speech at the Texas Conference for Women in Austin this week. The 38-year-old lawyer, who represents victims of the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS, told the audience of more than 7,000 that we have to hope for the best, as “the president-elect has said that fighting ISIS is actually a priority … so it may be that there can be progress, and obviously everyone has to respect the outcome of the democratic process here, and we have to hope for the best.”

However, Clooney expressed grave concern over the fact that Trump on the campaign trail had proposed a religious test for entering the U.S., advocated for state-sponsored torture and claimed that families of suspected terrorists should be killed. “All of those things are violations of international human rights law and the values that underlie that,” she said. Clooney expressed her fear that the U.S. would lose some of its moral standing across the world if any of those policies would actually be implemented. She added a full-throated defense of women’s rights, asking women to commit “everyday acts of feminism” and be supportive of each other. “The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do,” she said. “Women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another.”

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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