What is the state of human rights in the world today?


Recent articles published by CPNN indicate that the state of human rights has gone backwards in recent years. In the face of this retreat, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has urged all people to “push back the violence and hatred which threaten our world.”

Speaking ahead of International Human Rights Day, Zeid warned that “if the growing erosion of the carefully constructed system of human rights and rule of law continues to gather momentum, ultimately everyone will suffer.”

The failure of global leaders to deal with complex social issues like the massive wealth gap, discrimination, and climate change have led to growing numbers of people to turn to “the siren voices exploiting fears, sowing disinformation and division, and making alluring promises they cannot fulfill,” he said, in a nod to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

“Discrimination, yawning economic disparities, and the ruthless desire to gain or maintain power at any cost are the principal drivers of current political and human rights crises,” he said.

One set of articles indicates that the fightback has already begun in the United States.

Here are some recent articles in CPNN on the question “What is the state of human rights in the world today?”:

Global Human Rights Movement Issues Travel Warning for the U.S. due to Rampant Gun Violence

South Africa Launches Plan to Combat Xenophobia and Racism

Amnesty International: After Christchurch, how to beat Islamophobia and hate

Amnesty International: Oppressive, sexist policies galvanize bold fight for women’s rights in 2018

After escaping 35 years of slavery, this black Mauritanian woman is running for office

9th International Conference on Human Rights Education

‘Fascist Rhetoric’ Becoming Commonplace in US and Europe: UN

UN: National Human Rights Institutions will play a more strategic role in education

2015: When Global Governments Trampled Human Rights in Name of National Security

15 Indigenous Rights Victories That You Didn’t Hear About in 2015

UN: Worldwide displacement hits all-time high as war and persecution increase

Amnesty International: A Devastating Year

For articles prior to 2015, click here.

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