A group of nine Republican U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo asking him to cut U.S. funding to the IACHR. What they’re doing is undercutting their own party’s human rights agenda.
The letter comes as State considers withdrawing funding in the wake of a letter from nine Republican Senators who claim the U.S. should withdraw funding because the Commission lobbies “for abortion in Latin America in direct contravention of U.S. law.”
In our fifth episode, Chris Sabatini and Ken Frankel speak to Hunter Carter, partner at Arent Fox LLP and co-founder of the Alliance for Marriage in the Americas (AMAmericas), to discuss marriage equality and LGBTQ rights in Latin America.
The shameful decision of the AMLO administration to take a stance of non-intervention on Venezuela will hamper the effectiveness of a regional response, but efforts to reign in Maduro remain worthwhile and necessary.
Over the past two years, the Trump administrations participation at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has placed the U.S. alongside National Security Advisor John Bolton’s “troika of tyranny”—Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
In 2017, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights determined that marriage equality was a human right. In the face of resistance in the region, in a recent IACHR hearing on the matter, commissioners committed to enforce it.
Since the start of the Trump administration the U.S. participation at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has started to falter. Its failure to participate threatens to weaken human rights and democracy in the hemisphere.