Watchdog group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said President Donald Trump’s new travel ban is discriminatory and illegal.RSF said on Wednesday it would challenge Trump’s order at the Supreme Court, and said it would also ask a federal judge in Washington, DC, to strike it down.
“President Trump’s recent executive order to impose a nationwide travel ban on citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause and, as a matter of law, violates the Establishment Clause’s prohibition on religious tests,” said the group’s executive director Christophe Deloire.
“It also is discriminatory, violates both the Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act, and violates international human rights standards.
These measures are discriminatory and against the very foundations of our democracy and our democracy should not be used to discriminate against a particular religion or national origin,” Deloire added.”
These discriminatory actions go against the Constitution, the Administrative Procedures Act, the UN Charter, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and international human and labor rights law.”
These measures are discriminatory and against the very foundations of our democracy and our democracy should not be used to discriminate against a particular religion or national origin,” Deloire added.
The US president signed the order on January 28, making it the first time in US history a president has issued an order that specifically bans entry of foreign nationals to the US.
It was widely criticised by international humanitarians, including the UN, UNICEF and the European Union, and drew sharp criticism from Trump, who claimed it was necessary to protect the US from terrorists.
But the US has since withdrawn the order, and the US embassy in Tehran, which is in violation of the ban, has since been restored.
The RSF has been working to overturn the order through an application to the International Court of Justice.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court judge in New York ruled that the ban should be upheld.
Trump’s travel bans have been a hot topic in US politics since he took office in January.
In his first weeks in office, he imposed travel restrictions on several Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Iran.