Washington Examiner reports experts for the United Nations have expressed great concern over the labeling of antifa members as “domestic terrorists.”
“International human rights law protects the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly,” said Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism said Friday.
“It is regrettable that the United States has chosen to respond to the protests in a manner that undermines these fundamental rights.”
UN #HumanRights experts express profound concern over a recent statement by the US Attorney-General describing #Antifa and other anti-fascist activists as domestic terrorists, saying it undermines the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly in the country. pic.twitter.com/2Pz2dMyq8k
— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) June 19, 2020
The denouncement came in response to a statement made by Attorney General William Barr late last month while riots were breaking out across the country.
“It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others and interferes with the rights of peaceful protesters, as well as all other citizens,” he stated.
Barr concluded, “The violence instigated and carried out by antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
The same day, President Trump tweeted, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020