Pompeo Retreats on Universal Human Rights as US Looks More Inward

by Barbara Crossette. This article originally appeared on PassBlue.

In an audacious move that could be the capstone of the Trump administration’s campaign to reverse decades of American support for human rights globally, the State Department is creating a separate new commission to advise Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on redefining United States policies, aligned with “natural law and natural rights.”

For many human-rights advocates, this language is code for retrenchment, tinged with…