Displaying what one United Nations human rights expert called \u0022arrogance\u0022 considering international outcry over the Trump administration\u0026#039;s record of human rights violations, the State Department has refused to cooperate with U.N. investigators regarding their complaints about such issues for the better part of a year.As the Guardian reported Friday, the administration has \u0022quietly and unnoticed\u0022 left unanswered at least 13 official requests from U.N. special rapporteurs on human rights since last May. The failure to respond began a month before Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty, issued a scathing report detailing \u0022devastating inequality\u0022 in the U.S., made worse by the policies of President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers.In a move that will be music to the ear\u0026#039;s of the world\u0026#039;s tyrants, the Trump administration has stopped inviting or responding to UN rights experts. Obama welcomed 16 UN rights-expert visits during his term. https://t.co/MABkpV88M9— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) January 4, 2019Great news for Saudi Arabia, China, North Korea, Syria – the Trump administration has stopped cooperating with UN human rights monitors. If the US doesn\u0026#039;t have to answer for the suffering it inflicts on its own people, why should they? https://t.co/POfuCtf8Xq— Ed Pilkington (@Edpilkington) January 4, 2019As Alston said, the administration\u0026#039;s refusal to answer questions and cooperatenot only leaves issues including inequality and the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers unaddressed in the U.S., but also sends a harmful message to other human rights abusers leading countries around the world.\u0022This sends a message that you can opt out of routine scrutiny if you don\u0026#039;t like what is being said about your record on human rights,\u0022 he told the Guardian.ACLU human rights director Jamil Dakwar also called the State Department\u0026#039;s conduct \u0022a serious setback to the system created after World War II to ensure that domestic human rights violations could no longer be seen as an internal matter.\u0022The administration was dismissive of Alston\u0026#039;s report, which made headlines last June. Then-UN ambassador Nikki Haley called the study \u0022patently ridiculous\u0022 and suggested that no human rights violations exist in the U.S.—despite well documented evidence of growing income inequality, a federal minimum wage which cannot pay the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in any state in the country, the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, and the Department of Homeland Security\u0026#039;s (DHS) forcible separation of thousands of children from their parents.The Trump administration\u0026#039;s attitude toward the U.N. special rapporteurs on human rights \u0022demonstrates a rather inappropriate arrogance, at a time when human rights in the U.S. are particularly fragile,\u0022 said Leilani Farha, investigator on adequate housing.