Amnesty International demands halt on Kavanaugh vote, citing abortion, sexual assault claims

[Ed. – Another country heard from.]

On Monday, Amnesty International took the extraordinarily unusual step of sending a letter to U.S. senators demanding a halt to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. While the letter asked a few questions about torture issues, it concluded with concerns about Kavanaugh’s record on abortion and the sexual assault allegations against him, allegations that inspired thousands to protest Kavanaugh on Monday.

“Dear Senator, Amnesty International USA calls on you to halt the vote on President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States,” wrote Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International’s USA chapter.

Huang admitted that it was extraordinarily odd for a human rights nonprofit to object to the confirmation of one particular Supreme Court nominee.

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“Amnesty International takes no position on the appointment of particular individuals to government positions, unless they are reasonably suspected of crimes under international law and could use their appointment to the position in question to either prevent accountability for these crimes or to continue perpetration,” she wrote. This suggests that Amnesty International considers Kavanaugh “reasonably suspected” of international crimes. Why? Because he worked for President George W. Bush.

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