The Grade is in: Amnesty International Says Global Human Rights Doesn’t Pass

By Sarah Akbar

Amnesty International recently released its annual State of the World report—and concluded that human rights are under threat around the world. AI claims the UN and the ICC are faltering under the weight of their workloads, and are constantly undermined by countries’ refusal to comply by their rules. In addition, 98 countries around the world have engaged in torture or ill treatment, 30 countries turned refugees away, and 18 countries committed war crimes. Salil Shetty, the Secretary General of Amnesty International ominously wrote: “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world.” The report comes on the heels of one of the worst migrant crises in world history and the increasing crackdown on activists and artists by countries around the world. If nothing else, the report should be a call to action to world leaders and international institutions.