Biden administration must prioritise human rights

People in the United States deserve a bold and transformational approach from their new President, Joe Biden, who is being inaugurated today in Washington DC.

“As a global superpower, US government policy affects us all, and we call on the Biden administration to put human rights at the forefront of all their policies,” Amnesty International Australia National Director, Sam Klintworth, said.

As a global superpower, US government policy affects us all, and we call on the Biden administration to put human rights at the forefront of all their policies.

Amnesty International Australia National Director, Sam Klintworth.

“Australia’s close relationship with the USA is important to Joe Biden. Prime Minister Scott Morrison needs to be on the phone as soon as possible, urging the President to prioritise human rights,” Klintworth said. 

“By prioritising human rights, Joe Biden can free the thousands of people, including families, from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And he can also stop the killing of an average of 109 people each day of gun violence. He can pursue gender equality; living free from violence is a human right, yet millions of American women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence.
“President Biden can abolish the federal death penalty. The former President pursued far more federal executions than at any time since reliable statistics were first kept.

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