Declare the 2019 U.S. Border Situation a Violation of Human Rights

Declare the 2019 U.S. Border Situation a Violation of Human Rights

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Leigh Anne Shaw started this petition to United Nations and

Since 2014, a surge in numbers of people fleeing intolerable conditions in Central America has resulted in overwhelm at the southern U.S. border. As of 2018, the U.S. government's zero-tolerance policy and methods of addressing this situation have resulted in grave human rights abuses to men, women and children. The U.S. government has resisted opportunities to seek out empathetic and human-focused solutions and has instead exacerbated the problem through detention practices that have been described as inhumane and psychologically damaging in statements and reports by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), various U.S. legislators, and scores of first-hand witnesses.

Reports of inhumane treatment include but are not limited to:

  • detention without due process
  • overcrowding
  • confiscation of personal effects
  • lack of sanitary conditions
  • absence of or inadequate medical treatment
  • forcible separation of children from their parents
  • lack of certified advocates for unaccompanied minors
  • inattention to the physical and psychological needs of unaccompanied minors
  • inhumane and psychologically damaging treatment, verbal abuse, and physical abuse of children and adults
  • restrictions on movement, communication, and the comfort of physical touch
  • summary and arbitrary punishment of children and adults
  • refusal of humanitarian donations from aid organizations

This petition demands the following:

  1. that the United Nations, the United Nations High Council for Refugees, and the International Criminal Court declare the United States to be in violation of the human rights of the men, women, and children being detained as a result of the influx of refugees at the southern U.S. border;
  2. that President Donald J. Trump be charged with crimes against humanity - specifically, the crimes of child endangerment and imprisonment;
  3. that the U.S. be compelled to ensure justice and humane treatment of all refugees who wish to be considered for asylum.

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