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Democrats, activists slam changes to State Dept. human rights report

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Jeanne Shaheen and activists oppose chaes in human rights report

Democratic lawmakers and activists are assailing the Trump administration over changes made to the State Department’s annual human rights report, which was released Friday, with many especially unhappy over dramatic cuts to sections on women’s reproductive rights.

Among other changes, this year’s report also appears to devote less space to discrimination by nonstate actors and drops the reference to “occupied territories” in labeling Gaza and the West Bank, according to analyses by rights researchers and POLITICO’s own spot checks.

The report landed just days before a Senate confirmation vote is expected for Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, whose views on LGBT and other human rights-related issues have drawn significant Democratic opposition. And it once again threw a spotlight on the Trump administration’s mixed messaging on human rights.

TVNL Comment:  Did you see this on your TV news?  That's because these changes don't merit coverage and get no real ratings numbers.  But, in truth, they affect millions and millions of people.  And, oh yes....women and Palestinians are people.



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