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Amal Clooney Says Trump's Ideas 'Are Violations of International Human Rights Law'

The human rights lawyer recently spoke at a women’s conference in Texas.

18/11/2016 18:45 SAST | Updated 18/11/2016 18:45 SAST
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Amal Clooney, legal counsel to Mohamed Nasheed, speaks during a press conference, in London, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Human rights lawyer Clooney says the imprisonment of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed symbolizes a turn toward autocracy and extremism by a Muslim nation with the worlds highest per-capita level of recruitment to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Amal Clooney did not mince words when taking on President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals at a recent women’s conference. 

The international human rights lawyer spoke at the Texas Conference for Women in Austin Tuesday in front of a crowd of 7,000, and spoke out against Trump’s plans for the Muslim community.

“[Trump’s comments] that there should be a religious test imposed on entering the U.S. or the fact that there should be state-sponsored torture or that families of suspected terrorists should all be killed — all of those things are violations of international human rights law and the values that underlie that,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  

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Clooney ― who was a Hillary Clinton supporter and challenged Trump’s rhetoric for months before the election ― did, however, praise his plans for combating ISIS. 

“We have to hope for the best,” she said. “The president-elect has said that fighting ISIS is actually a priority … so it may be that there can be progress, and obviously everyone has to respect the outcome of the democratic process here, and we have to hope for the best.”

Clooney has been fighting against ISIS on behalf of the terror group’s Yazidi victims for the crimes of genocide, human trafficking and sex abuse. 

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