Human Rights Watch: Trump Among Authoritarian Populists Posing Threat

HeadlineJan 13, 2017

Human Rights Watch released its annual report on Thursday, warning that the rise of Donald Trump and European demagogues threatens human rights around the world. HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth cited Trump as an example of a “new generation of authoritarian populists.”

Kenneth Roth: “Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign vividly illustrated this politics of intolerance. Sometimes overtly, sometimes through code and indirection, he spoke to many Americans discontent with economic stagnation and an increasingly multicultural society in a way that breached basic principles of dignity and equality.”

Roth said Trump’s rise has encouraged authoritarian leaders in countries including Russia, Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt and China.

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