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Amnesty blasts politicians on “toxic, divisive” rhetoric

Feb 22, 2017, 4:46 AM EST
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The annual report by rights group Amnesty International has slammed the politicians, including U.S. President Donald Trump, for their “divisive and dehumanizing” rhetoric, which it said leaves the world an unsafe place for several communities. The report, which covered 159 countries, also accused the governments of exploiting the refugees to achieve their political objectives.

The rights body warned that the brazen endorsement and encouragement of hateful rhetoric and policies could spark serious consequences, resulting in more attacks driven by differences in race, gender, nationality and religion, reports the BBC.

The report says 36 countries breached international law in 2016, as they forced vulnerable refugees or migrants back to conflict zones, writes The Guardian. Amnesty denounced toxic agenda by politicians such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to name a few prominent ones, who thrive by staging a “we versus them” fight. 

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