Amnesty International: Trump created year of 'hate-filled rhetoric'

Amnesty International is ripping President Trump, accusing him of creating a year of "hate-filled rhetoric" through his immigration policy.

The group said in its annual audit of human rights around the world that the Trump administration's decision to implement a travel ban that barred people from several Muslim-majority countries was "transparently hateful," CNN reported.

It said Trump "wasted little time putting his anti-rights rhetoric of discrimination and xenophobia into action" when he assumed office.

"The specters of hatred and fear now loom large in world affairs, and we have few governments standing up for human rights in these disturbing times," said Amnesty International's secretary general, Salil Shetty, in a statement accompanying the report.


"Instead, leaders such as [Abdel Fattah] al-Sisi, [Rodrigo] Duterte, [Nicolás] Maduro, [Vladimir] Putin, Trump and Xi [Jinping] are callously undermining the rights of millions," he said, also referring to the presidents of Egypt, the Philippines, Venezuela, Russia and China.


The report also went after world leaders for promoting "fake news" and social media companies for being "weak and inconsistent" in their efforts to stop attacks against women and minorities.


Still, the group also noted various movements that have been launched over the past year, such as the "Me Too" movement.


"2017 showed us what happens when people amass in great numbers to say they will not accept the injustices they face," Shetty told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday in Washington ahead of the report's launch, according to CNN.


Shetty also referenced the recent wave of activism from students who are demanding lawmakers take action on gun control following the deadly Florida high school shooting.


"There's no better example of that than what we've seen with the kids in this country standing up against gun violence in the last few days," Shetty said.