UN Asserts Trump’s Muslim Ban A ‘Violation Of Human Rights Law’ (VIDEO)

UN Asserts Trump’s Muslim Ban A ‘Violation Of Human Rights Law’ (VIDEO)

United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein excoriated President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban from a handful of “Muslim-majority countries” (none of which have ties to Trump’s business dealings, coincidentally), calling the heavily challenged executive order “mean-spirited” and “illegal under international human rights law.”

Hussein said:

“Discrimination on nationality alone is forbidden under human rights law…. The U.S. ban is also mean-spirited, and wastes resources needed for proper counter-terrorism.”

Trump’s order suspended “all U.S. refugee programmes for 120 days,” as well.

Medical aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, believes Trump’s order will “endanger lives.” A spokesperson for the Paris-based group said Trump’s pen stroke “will effectively keep people trapped in war zones, directly endangering their lives.” Already, there was one attempted suicide at JFK airport by one woman who could not bear being sent back to her native country, Chile. MSF finds Trump’s ban “an inhumane act against people fleeing war zones,” and as the woman from Chile found out, many innocent people simply seeking a better life are sacrificed when government runs amok. MSF urges the United States government to trash the order, nix its nefarious exclusions, and to resume the resettlement and assistance of refugees at once.

Meanwhile, the EU is digging in, vowing against refugee discrimination “based on nationality, race or religion.” It also stated, digging at Trump’s order, that it would “never choose isolation and inequality.”

Spokesperson for the EU Commission Margaritis Schinas said members of the EU were considering the possible impact Trump’s order may have on citizens of the 28 nations. He quoted Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker from an interview last Sunday:

“We have to make choices about the world we want to live in. We must choose between isolationism, inequality and national egotism on the one hand. And openness, social equality and strength through solidarity on the other.”

Juncker also said in a recent interview with Germany’s Die Welt:

“It is by standing for open, social equality and solidarity that Europe can credibly act on the world stage to find common forward-looking solutions.”

In addition, “the world’s largest body of Islamic nations,” the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), made up of 57 nations, said that it has “grave concern” over Trumps executive order. The organization released a statement, Monday, stating:

“Such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve to embolden the radical narratives of extremists and will provide further fuel to the advocates of violence and terrorism.”

Furthermore, the organization insists the U.S. “reconsider this blanket statement and maintain its moral obligation to provide leadership and hope at a time of great uncertainty and unrest in the world.”

The countries targeted by Trump’s highly contested executive order include: Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—all of which are members of the OIC.

While the ACLU did win a temporary stay on the order, there are still those who will ignore the stay and follow the president’s bidding. Some people, it seems, just live to violate human rights. You can find some of them, apparently, in customs.

Trump’s Muslim Ban International Disgrace

H/T: Independent | Featured image by Leon Neal via Getty News Images

Dylan Hock is a writer, educator, and activist. He serves as a volunteer board member of The James Jackson Museum of African American History.

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