President Donald Trump has made the world a “darker…unstable place” with his campaign rhetoric, Amnesty International said Wednesday, calling his xenophobic language “divisive and poisonous.”
In its annual report on the state of the world, the international human rights watchdog said Trump led the way among a growing group of nationalist politicians in attacking the principles of equality and dignity.
“Donald Trump’s poisonous campaign rhetoric exemplifies a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics,” the group said, adding that his actions in his first month in office “suggest a foreign policy that will significantly undermine multilateral cooperation and usher in a new era of greater instability and mutual suspicion.”
That includes issuing executive orders banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. and vowing a crackdown on undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities.
Amnesty described 2016 as the year that “the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narratives of blame, hate, and fear took on a global prominence to a level not seen since the 1930s,” when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany. The group’s report underscores recent findings from other organizations, such as Human Rights Watch and the United Nations.
“Today’s politics of demonization shamelessly peddles a dangerous idea that some people are less human than others, stripping away the humanity of entire groups of people.”
“Divisive fear-mongering has become a dangerous force in world affairs,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s secretary-general. Whether it is Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, or Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, “more and more politicians calling themselves anti-establishment are wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats, and dehumanizes entire groups of people.”
“Today’s politics of demonization shamelessly peddles a dangerous idea that some people are less human than others, stripping away the humanity of entire groups of people. This threatens to unleash the darkest aspects of human nature,” he said.
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