Rodrigo Duterte

Human rights matter, Mr. President

Human rights matter, Mr. President

Any U.S. foreign policy decision that fails to consider human rights is not only immoral but likely ineffective. We are a nation founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To ignore the suffering of others is to violate our nation's bedrock principles. It is a betrayal of the founding fathers, and, worse, accepting human rights violations as a cost of doing business tells the world that the United States pursues no purpose higher than its own temporary self-interest, a self-defeating choice given how it betrays our closest allies and comforts autocrats with delusions of grandeur.

That's why President Donald Trump's recent outreach to President Rodrigo Duterte of the...

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