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Trump's New Human Rights Commission Alarms LGBTQ Advocates

The administration's Commission on Unalienable Rights is stacked with people who have a history of "fighting against LGBTQ progress," critics say

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    Trump's New Human Rights Commission Alarms LGBTQ Advocates
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    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is joined by commission chair and Harvard professor Mary Ann Glendon while announcing the formation of a commission to redefine human rights, based on “natural law and natural rights," during a news conference at the Department of State, on July 8, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

    The Trump administration on Monday announced the formation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, an advisory committee that will review "the role of human rights in American foreign policy.” Both the nature of the commission and those appointed to serve on it raised red flags for several human rights and LGBTQ advocacy groups.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the re-examination of human rights is warranted because “some claims have come into tension with one another, provoking questions and clashes about which rights are entitled to gain respect."

    Critics of the new commission, however, claim it is a "farce" designed to undermine LGBTQ and abortion rights.

    NBC News looked at the policies and opinions of some of the new commission's members.

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    (Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019)