Antony Blinken says the US will ‘stand up for human rights everywhere’

Secretary of state takes veiled swipe at Trump administration and says change of approach is ‘in America’s interests’

The United States will speak out about human rights everywhere including in allies and at home, secretary of state Antony Blinken has vowed, turning a page from Donald Trump as he bemoaned deteriorations around the world.

Presenting the state department’s first human rights report under President Joe Biden, the new top US diplomat took some of his most pointed, yet still veiled, swipes at the approach of the Trump administration.

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