Rich DeCapua is the founding president of GAISA, a non-profit organisation that seeks to build a new model for international student success in higher education. The PIE spoke to him about the recent US election result and how international students currently view the country.
By Ann Burroughs, Chair of AIUSA’s Board of Administrators
Donald Trump has made it clear he desires deliver again torture. “We must always go a lot stronger than waterboarding,” he stated final yr, calling it “your minor form” of torture.
Now he’s picked Rep. Mike Pompeo to go the CIA – a person who referred to as the CIA’s program of torture and disappearing below the Bush administration “throughout the regulation” and “within the Constitution.”
We are able to’t let Trump deliver again the CIA torture program. Trump’s choose for CIA chief should reject torture – and decide to upholding the regulation.
That’s why this week, Amnesty Worldwide USA’s Board of Administrators wrote the Senate Intelligence Committee urging senators to hunt Pompeo’s specific dedication to upholding U.S. and worldwide regulation on torture and different ill-treatment.
The combat towards torture below the Trump administration begins with you – Take action.
Our letter factors out that 4 of the people most not too long ago confirmed to direct the CIA—Porter Goss, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus and John Brennan—used their affirmation hearings to sentence torture as morally reprehensible and inconsistent with U.S. values and authorized commitments. “These are values we’ve got fought for, that People have died for over the course of a long time and centuries,” Normal Petraeus testified.
However this isn’t about whether or not Trump or Pompeo agree with us that torture is fallacious. No matter their private views, torture is a criminal offense. It violates unequivocal U.S. and worldwide regulation, together with legal guidelines lengthy supported by members of each events. Listed below are only a few examples:
- The U.S. led within the negotiation of the UN Conference In opposition to Torture, and President Ronald Reagan, who signed it in April 1988, wrote that its ratification “will clearly specific [U.S.] opposition to torture.”
- Federal regulation makes torture and ill-treatment illegal without exception—regardless of the place an individual is held (at Guantánamo, in secret prisons—wherever).
- Federal regulation additionally bans the CIA, the navy and different brokers from particular abusive “methods” like waterboarding, compelled nudity and different sexual abuse, hooding, mock executions and beatings. That’s because of a law championed by torture survivor John McCain and Dianne Feinstein.
Backside line: Torture just isn’t a coverage choices to debate on the deserves, however an unlawful follow.
Inform your senators you anticipate them to talk up – and demand Pompeo decide to upholding the regulation. Take action.
Human rights are non-negotiable below each president, together with President-elect Trump. Greater than ever, it is necessary that each one of us on this nation search to face between the torturer and the tortured.
A mere two days after hundreds of thousands of individuals marched across the phrase with and in solidarity with the Girls’s March on Washington, President Donald J. Trump introduced the “World Gag Rule,” a serious blow to ladies’s rights and human rights worldwide.
Trump’s World Gag Rule prohibits U.S. worldwide help to teams that a lot as educate their communities on secure abortion. Even when a company is utilizing non-U.S. funding for such actions, they may lose their U.S. funding if they provide counseling, advocate for authorized reform, present abortions, and even present referrals at any time.
International NGOs and clinics, lots of whom rely on U.S. funding to ship life-saving healthcare, should select between two not possible selections: 1) take the funding they rely on however deny the companies their communities want and deserve, or 2) refuse U.S. funding and battle to maintain clinics open, supply companies, and advocate for legal guidelines that scale back unsafe abortions.
This isn’t the primary time the U.S. has imposed such restrictions on overseas help. Below George Bush, implementation of such insurance policies didn’t lower the variety of abortions, however increased abortion rates. It additionally resulted in a pointy decline in availability of contraceptives, and elevated price of maternal loss of life, and elevated price of closed well being clinics.
The coverage permits for exceptions in instances of rape, incest, and life endangerment, however not for well being endangerment or extreme or deadly fetal impairment, each mandated by worldwide legislation because the baseline requirements for when abortion have to be accessible. What’s extra, it’s unclear if companies are ever supplied beneath these three exceptions for concern of shedding U.S. overseas help. Trump’s World Gag signifies that ladies and women who rely on U.S.-funded well being services could not even hear concerning the choices that will save their lives.
We’ve seen what a scarcity of entry to secure and authorized abortion means: in Latin America and the Caribbean, for instance, the place a number of international locations have extreme abortion restrictions, together with whole bans, unsafe abortions and maternal loss of life have spiked, and ladies may resist 50-years in jails for miscarriages.
Trump’s World Gag Rule, in essence and in follow, negates human rights requirements for ladies — principally poor and rural ladies — who rely on worldwide aid-funded clinics, healthcare services, and organizations. The results of Trump’s World Gag rule should not theoretical: this curbing of ladies’s rights may have devastating impacts on ladies and women worldwide — from a scarcity of contraception to a rise of unsafe abortions and maternal loss of life.
It’s a telling signal that solely 48 hours after a world outcry for human rights, particularly ladies’s rights, one of many first strikes of the Trump administration is to undermine ladies’s rights worldwide. Now greater than ever we should get up for human rights and towards human rights abuses.
Be a part of us, and demand President Trump to decide on human rights.