'Donald Trump could have addressed human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia but failed to do so', say Amnesty

'Donald Trump had the chance to address human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia' says Amnesty International rep

The US President has begun his first overseas trip since taking office (Credit: Twitter @JimKuther)

Monday, May 22, 2017

A leading representative from Amnesty International UK has claimed Donald Trump missed his chance to address human rights abuses made by Saudi Arabia. 

The US President is on his first overseas trip since he was inaugurated. After his trip to Saudi Arabia, he left for Israel on Monday, and a trip to the Vatican in Rome, Sicily, and Belgium will follow.

Allan Hogarth, who is the Head of Advocacy and Programmes for the organisation, said that while Trump was in Saudi Arabia to pursue arms deals, the Saudi-led coalition had been bombing schools, hospitals, public buildings and weddings in Yemen.

He told Paul Ross the US president needed to be looking at humanitarian assistance to deal with "over 4,000 people being killed, 18-19 million people on the edge of starvation, and outbreaks of cholera" rather than securing weapons.  

He lamented the fact Donald Trump had been in a position to address these issues and human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, but didn't do so. 

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