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Attendees at a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights display photos of people who went missing while trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States, Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 5, 2018 (AP photo by David Zalubowski).

How the Trump Administration Joined the Western Hemisphere’s Rogue Regimes

, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants and asylum-seekers has placed the United States in the same camp as the countries recently denounced by National Security Adviser John Bolton as the “troika of tyranny”—Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. For years, those three countries have denounced or refused to participate in the proceedings of the Organization of American States’ inter-American human rights system when their own violations of democratic norms and human rights are under scrutiny. Over the past two years, the Trump administration has joined their ranks, ignoring or rebuffing the Western Hemisphere’s premier human rights body.

Since Trump’s inauguration, the OAS’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, has heard a series of cases involving the Trump administration’s draconian immigration and refugee policies and another on detainees in Guantanamo Bay. In each of those hearings, the Trump administration’s attitude was all but identical to those of the Cuban, Nicaraguan or Venezuelan governments, as it either refused to appear before the commission or condemned the body and its authority. ...

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