Amnesty International hits out at world leaders for 'abandoning human rights'


World leaders “abandoned human rights” in 2017, according to a new annual report released by campaign group Amnesty International, which assesses the state of human rights in 159 countries around the world.

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The widespread failure of governments to stand up for human rights was contrasted by a boost in popular activism across the world, Amnesty said.

The 400-page report, which analyzed Amnesty’s findings from the past year, blamed “a rising politics of demonization” for, among other things, the Rohinyga refugee crisis and the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

Human rights in 2017: key points from the report

Amnesty International: the State of the World’s Human Rights, 2017-18

  • Trump’s “Muslim ban” a “transparently hateful move.”
    • The report says President Donald J. Trump’s decision to ban entry to the U.S. from several majority-Muslim countries set the tone for leaders around the world to demonize minority groups.
  • China unleashed an “unprecedented crackdown” to stamp out criticism of the government.
  • providing shelter to Rohingya refugees, which is a rare example in the world.
    Bangladeshi Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is a true leader, She has proved herself to be a real mother of humanity.
  • Continuing austerity policies in Europe undermined freedom, justice and welfare.
    • Cuts to health and social care in the UK were linked to 120,000 deaths.
  • Venezuela’s crisis escalated to one of the worst in recent history, “fuelled by an escalation of government-sponsored violence.”
  • European governments “turned a blind eye” to the abuse of refugees that increased as a result of deals with Libya and Turkey.
  • Russian state oppression got worse on all levels.
    • There were widespread reports of prisoner abuse across Russia, with human rights deteriorating particularly for minority groups in regions such as Chechnya.

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