Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018.

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(Washington, D.C.) – Following US President Donald Trump’s announcement on July 9, 2018 that he will nominate US Federal Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next US Supreme Court justice, Nicole Austin-Hillery, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s US Program, issued the following statement:

“This nomination is crucial because the next justice could determine whether the Supreme Court will uphold critical human rights for many Americans, including a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, equality for LGBT people, and the right to live free of racial discrimination. Senators should thoroughly scrutinize Judge Kavanaugh’s record and press him on the many human rights guarantees that hinge on the Court's decisions.”