Pope meets Trump – Reprieve comment

May 24, 2017

Pope Francis must warn President Trump against policies that violate the sanctity of life, international human rights organization Reprieve has said.

The Pope is due to meet the US President for the first time today in the Vatican. Reprieve has written to the Pope raising concerns that Mr Trump’s policies “pose a serious threat” to “the sanctity of human life, and the inviolability of certain rights.”

Reprieve is urging the Pope the challenge Mr Trump over his stated support for the death penalty; his belief that the US should carry out torture and imprison more people at Guantanamo Bay; and a White House policy of covert strikes on countries such as Yemen, which killed civilians as recently as yesterday.

Pope Francis has previously said that the death penalty around the world should be abolished, and that the US should close Guantanamo.

Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, said:

“In his first 120 days as President, Donald Trump has shown a wanton disregard for human rights and the sanctity of life – values that people of all faiths and none hold dear. His stance on the death penalty, his support for torture and detention without trial, and his attacks on Yemen threaten to make the world less safe. We must hope Pope Francis offers the President some moral guidance on this issues – because he urgently needs it.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: communications@reprieve.org.uk or +44 207 553 8140. Reprieve US, based in New York City, can be contacted on: katherine.oshea@reprieve.org, or +1 917 855 8064.

2. Read Reprieve’s letter to the Pope here.