Letter: Crime against humanity

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The indefinite detention and incarceration of young migrant children and babies by the Trump administration (with or without their families) is a crime against humanity. The U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 at the behest of Eleanor Roosevelt as the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, states in part: “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” It further declares: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile.”

All those responsible for this violation of the human rights of young children and their families –– including U.S. public officials and border patrol officers (“just following orders”) –– should be subject to international prosecution.

Rutherford H. Platt