Antony Blinken on Civil Rights



Human rights are co-equal; there is no hierarchy

In a sharp rebuke to Trump-era policies, Secretary of State Antony Blinken formally scrapped a blueprint championed by his predecessor to limit U.S. promotion of human rights abroad to causes favored by conservatives like religious freedom and property matters while dismissing reproductive and LGBTQ rights.

"One of the core principles of human rights is that they are universal. All people are entitled to these rights, no matter where they're born, what they believe, whom they love, or any other characteristic," Blinken said. "Human rights are also co-equal; there is no hierarchy that makes some rights more important than others."

The Biden administration has already repealed several Trump-era human rights decisions. Those have included reengaging with the U.N. Human Rights Council, abandoning the so-called Geneva Consensus and Mexico City rule that oppose abortion rights and restoring LGBTQ protections as a matter of administration policy.

Source: Associated Press on 2021 Biden Administration , Mar 30, 2021

Women's rights--including sexual rights--are human rights

Blinken formally scrapped a blueprint championed by his predecessor to limit U.S. promotion of human rights abroad, [which] dismissed reproductive and LGBTQ rights.

Blinken also reversed a Trump administration decision to remove sections on reproductive rights from the State Department's annual human rights reports on foreign countries. "Women's rights--including sexual and reproductive rights--are human rights," he said.

In presenting the annual human rights reports, Blinken said he had instructed the State Department to restore sections on reproductive rights to future editions [to replace sections prepared in the Trump administration]. He ordered the department to prepare addendums to the 2020 reports that include information about maternal mortality, discrimination against women in accessing sexual and reproductive health care and government policies about access to contraception and skilled health care during pregnancy and childbirth.

Source: Associated Press on 2021 Biden Administration , Mar 30, 2021

End violence & discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons

The struggle to end violence, discrimination,?criminalization,?and stigma against LGBTQI+ persons is a global challenge that remains central to our commitment to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all individuals.? In the Biden-Harris administration, the United States will lead by the power of our example and pursue a policy to end violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.
Source: Biden Administration Press Release from state.gov , Feb 4, 2021

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