Sunday, April 14, 2019

Trump blocked renomination of UN racism official, won't pick a replacement

President Trump reportedly will not nominate anyone to a United Nations committee on racial discrimination, despite blocking the renomination of former President Obama’s pick, human rights lawyer Gay McDougall. The committee on racial discrimination, which meets three times a year, is responsible for monitoring a 1960s convention on eliminating global racial discrimination.

Citing an unidentified State Department official, Politico reported Saturday that the White House blocked the renomination of Gay McDougall to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The official told the news outlet that the Trump administration did not nominate a replacement in time for the deadline, “[cementing] the narrative that the Americans just don’t care about these kinds of things anymore.”

McDougall was elected to the body in 2015. She told Politico: “I regret that I’m not able to continue, and that was not of my choosing.”


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