Amal Clooney: Donald Trump's policies 'violate human rights laws'

However the lawyer welcomed Mr Trump's commitment to tackling Isis who she is currently trying to hold to account by representing Yazidi women the group kept as sex slaves

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Amal Clooney has reportedly said some of the US president Donald Trump’s most controversial comments and policy proposals are a violation of international human rights law.

The barrister was speaking at the Texas Women’s conference when she gave her thoughts on Mr Trump’s shock election win.

“[His 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 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.

“I think there’s some concern from abroad as to are these things actually going to happen or is the U.S. going to lose some of the moral standing that it has internationally,” she said according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Clooney specialises in human rights law and is currently representing a group of Yazidi women including Nobel peace prize nominee Nadia Murad who were held as sex slaves by Isis.

She welcomed Mr Trump’s commitment to tackling Isis and said she hopes for the best from his presidency.

“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 her and we have to hope for the best.”

Clooney and her husband George were vocal Hillary Clinton supporters during the election and both publicly denounced Mr Trump’s policy pledges.


Clooney used her keynote speech at the conference to call on women to join the fight for women’s rights in countries where they are most under threat. In September, she told the UN she was “ashamed” to stand before them over their inaction to persecute Isis for their crimes against the Yazidi community. 

“The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other. And this is something that we can practice every day no matter where we are or what we do. Because if we are united, there is no limit to what we can do,” she said.