Human Rights: Bouquet for Obama, Brickbats for Trump

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has announced its 2018 Ripple of Hope laureates. The human rights organization has selected – among others – Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, for the award. Laureates were selected for their exceptional work toward a more just and peaceful world.

The honor for Obama has come on the heels of strong condemnation for his successor Donald Trump who has scant respect for human rights.

Of late, UN and Inter-American experts on freedom of expression condemned Trump’s repeated attacks on the free press and urged him and his administration to cease efforts to undermine the media’s role of holding government accountable, honest, and transparent.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights founder Ethel Kennedy will award the Laureates during the annual Ripple of Hope Gala at the New York Hilton Midtown on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

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The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s historic campaign for the White House, and the founding of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

The Ripple of Hope Gala caps an incredible year of commemoration and activism by celebrating those who work to advance the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy in the challenging modern times.

Past Ripple of Hope laureates include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Bono, George Clooney, Robert Smith, Harry Belafonte, Howard Schultz, Joe Biden, Congressman John Lewis, Tim Cook, Tony Bennett, and Robert De Niro.

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