Pompeo unveils human rights commission, critics suggest it may rollback protections

Washington (CNN)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new commission to examine the role of human rights in US foreign policy and which rights should be “honored,” raising fears that the Trump administration may be trying to roll back protections for women, LGBTQ groups and minorities. Pompeo argued that the definition of human rights has grown fuzzy, that the concept is now sometimes used to defend “gross violations” and that the US has to be “vigilant that human rights discourse not be corrupted or hijacked or used for dubious or malignant purposes.” Critics worry commission will ‘weaken human rights’ But many see the commission as “a new body designed to weaken human rights,” as New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, …