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10 Nov 2016

Global Witness

Global Witness Statement on the US elections

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The US election result must be a rallying cry for change. At Global Witness, we have never been more committed to our mission to protect human rights and tackle corruption, environmental destruction and climate change. This vote, like Brexit in the UK, is emblematic of the disillusionment of people with a political system that is driving hyper-inequality. It is also part of a growing and deeply worrying trend around the world towards a more racist, sexist, xenophobic, inward-looking, and fear-based mentality. The rhetoric of Trump’s campaign may have helped elect him but it will not withstand legal scrutiny or the force of our fight.

We must recognize that our political systems are failing our people because they are consistently paid to deliver private gain rather than public good...