Hundreds of prominent human rights organizations, presidential candidates, Democratic senators and religious leaders are sounding the alarm over the Trump administration’s new Commission on Unalienable Rights.
A trio of letters sent Tuesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and obtained by NBC News, accuse the State Department of sidelining rights for women and the LGBTQ community in favor of religious liberty.
Pompeo launched the commission earlier this month, saying it would “provide fresh thinking” about returning the government’s focus to promoting “natural law and natural rights.” Human rights groups fear that’s code for ending or limiting U.S. advocacy abroad for marginalized groups.
One letter being sent Tuesday by more than 180 rights groups — including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Disability Rights and the Anti-Defamation League — demands that the commission be abolished. The groups say the commission is being overseen by clergy and scholars “known for extreme positions opposing LGBTQI and reproductive rights," including some who they say have defended “indefensible human rights violations.”
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