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Populism, power, and anti-human rights agendas stand out in global HRW report  Populism, power, and anti-human rights agendas feature in HRW report
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WikiTribune has distilled some of the most important issues from Human Rights Watch's annual global report. We also need your help WikiTribune has distilled some of the most important issues from Human Rights Watch's annual global report. We also need your help
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<em>Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its <a href="https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wikitribune-uploads-master/2018/01/2018-human-rights-watch-world-report.pdf">2018 World Report</a> today, reviewing the state of human rights in more than 90 countries. WikiTribune has extracted some of the most important issues from the document below. But with 643 pages to read, we need your help. So please contribute to this. How does your country fare? What are the most important questions for human rights around the globe? Have any of these issues directly affected you? </em> <em>Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its <a href="https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wikitribune-uploads-master/2018/01/2018-human-rights-watch-world-report.pdf">2018 World Report</a> today, reviewing the state of human rights in more than 90 countries. WikiTribune has extracted some of the most important issues from the document below. But with 643 pages to read, we need your help. So please contribute to this. How does your country fare? What are the most important questions for human rights around the globe? Have any of these issues directly affected you? </em>
<b>In the keynote essay for HRW's 2018 World Report, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that "the surge of authoritarian populists appears less inevitable than it did a year ago." Then, he writes, "there seemed no stopping a series of politicians around the globe who claimed to speak for 'the people' but built followings by demonizing unpopular minorities, attacking human rights principles, and fueling distrust of democratic institutions." According to Roth, however, over the last year a reaction in a broad range of countries has pushed back this populism.</b> <b>In the keynote essay for HRW's 2018 World Report, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that "the surge of authoritarian populists appears less inevitable than it did a year ago." Then, he writes, "there seemed no stopping a series of politicians around the globe who claimed to speak for 'the people' but built followings by demonizing unpopular minorities, attacking human rights principles, and fueling distrust of democratic institutions." According to Roth, however, over the last year a reaction in a broad range of countries has pushed back this populism.</b>
Yet he adds that many democracies have been "preoccupied with the internal domestic struggle over the populist agenda," and consequently the U.S. and UK have been "less willing than before to promote human rights abroad." Roth writes that this has lead to China and Russia trying to fill this vacuum, "by advancing an anti-rights agenda." Yet he adds that many democracies have been "preoccupied with the internal domestic struggle over the populist agenda," and consequently the U.S. and UK have been "less willing than before to promote human rights abroad." Roth writes that this has lead to China and Russia trying to fill this vacuum, "by advancing an anti-rights agenda."
Here's some of the issues in individual countries. Submit an EDIT or go to the TALK page. Here's some of the issues in individual countries. Submit an EDIT or go to the TALK page.
<h2>China</h2> <h2>China</h2>
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<li>The "offensive on human rights that started after President Xi Jinping took power five years ago showed no sign of abating in 2017."</li>  <li>The "offensive on human rights that started after President Xi Jinping took power five years ago showed no sign of abating in 2017."</li>
<li>"The near future for human rights appears grim."</li>  <li>"The near future for human rights appears grim."</li>
<li>"Foreign governments did little in 2017 to push back against China’s worsening rights record at home and abroad."</li>  <li>"Foreign governments did little in 2017 to push back against China’s worsening rights record at home and abroad."</li>
<li>"China ranked 100th out of 144 countries for gender parity in 2017"</li>  <li>"China ranked 100th out of 144 countries for gender parity in 2017"</li>
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<h2>India</h2> <h2>India</h2>
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<li>"Vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government ... became an increasing threat in India in 2017."</li>  <li>"Vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government ... became an increasing threat in India in 2017."</li>
<li>"Authorities in India continued to use sedition and criminal defamation laws against government critics."</li>  <li>"Authorities in India continued to use sedition and criminal defamation laws against government critics."</li>
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<h2>Indonesia</h2> <h2>Indonesia</h2>
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<li>"[President Joko] Widodo’s government took small steps in 2017 to protect the rights of some of Indonesia’s most vulnerable people ... But the Jokowi [or Widodo] government has consistently failed to translate the president’s rhetorical support for human rights into meaningful policy initiatives."</li>  <li>"[President Joko] Widodo’s government took small steps in 2017 to protect the rights of some of Indonesia’s most vulnerable people ... But the Jokowi [or Widodo] government has consistently failed to translate the president’s rhetorical support for human rights into meaningful policy initiatives."</li>
<li>"Authorities continue to arrest, prosecute, and imprison people under Indonesia’s abusive blasphemy law."</li>  <li>"Authorities continue to arrest, prosecute, and imprison people under Indonesia’s abusive blasphemy law."</li>
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<h2>Pakistan</h2> <h2>Pakistan</h2>
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<li>"Violence against women and girls – including rape, “honor” killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage – remained a serious problem."</li>  <li>"Violence against women and girls – including rape, “honor” killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage – remained a serious problem."</li>
<li>"Child marriage remained a serious concern, with 21 percent of girls in Pakistan marrying before the age of 18, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)."</li>  <li>"Child marriage remained a serious concern, with 21 percent of girls in Pakistan marrying before the age of 18, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)."</li>
<li>"The government muzzled dissenting voices in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and media."</li>  <li>"The government muzzled dissenting voices in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and media."</li>
</ul> </ul>
<h2>U.S.</h2> <h2>U.S.</h2>
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<li>"Across a range of issues in 2017, the US moved backward on human rights at home and abroad."</li>  <li>"Across a range of issues in 2017, the US moved backward on human rights at home and abroad."</li>
<li>President Donald J. Trump has "emboldened racist politics by equivocating on white nationalism."</li>  <li>President Donald J. Trump has "emboldened racist politics by equivocating on white nationalism."</li>
<li>"[Trump] has repeatedly coddled autocratic leaders and showed little interest or leadership in pressing for the respect of human rights abroad." (Read the <em>WikiTribune</em> story: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/17/free_speech/trumps-anti-media-message-resonates-with-asian-dictators/39393/">Asian regimes act on Trump message that media is ‘enemy of the people’)</a></li>  <li>"[Trump] has repeatedly coddled autocratic leaders and showed little interest or leadership in pressing for the respect of human rights abroad." (Read the <em>WikiTribune</em> story: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/17/free_speech/trumps-anti-media-message-resonates-with-asian-dictators/39393/">Asian regimes act on Trump message that media is ‘enemy of the people’)</a></li>
<li>"An unarmed black person is five times as likely to be killed by police as an unarmed white person."</li>  <li>"An unarmed black person is five times as likely to be killed by police as an unarmed white person."</li>
</ul> </ul>
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