10 Countries With The Worst Human Rights

10 Countries With The Worst Human Rights Records 10 The Philippines If you’re at all plugged into current affairs, you’ll probably have noticed that there’s a rising tide of populist politics around the world, from Bolsonaro in Brazil to Orban in Hungary

Under President Rodrigo Duterte, The Philippines might be the most violent example The former mayor of Davao City was elected to high office based on his hardline stance on drug dealing And when I say hardline, I mean murderous Since 2016, Duterte has undertaken a “drug war” against suspected dealers, with government forces and private militias carrying out extrajudicial killings in the streets According to official figures, there have been 6,600 deaths, but outside estimates suggest as many as 27,000, many of which likely aren’t even drug dealers

But while it’s common to see human rights abuses obscured, denied or covered up by governments, Duterte is shockingly brazen about what’s going on in his country In reference to claims of crimes against humanity, Duterte said: “What crime against humanity? In the first place, I’d like to be frank with you, are they humans? What is your definition of a human being? Tell me” 9 Somalia Thanks to centuries of underdevelopment from colonisation, countries across the African continent have faced decades of instability That’s set the stage for corrupt governments and militias to take advantage of the situation, perhaps no more than in Somalia

According to the Mo Ibrahim, Somalia ranks lowest in terms of African governance based on factors like rule of law, economic opportunity, human development and, crucially, human rights That’s due to abuses by the government, their allied militias, the Al-Shabaab terrorist sect and, perhaps the most well known, pirates Children’s rights are under particular threat in Somalia, with both Al-Shabaab and Pirate groups forcibly employing child labour And when villages refuse to hand over their children, they carry out aggressive and lethal retaliation campaigns All of that, along with ongoing conflict between insurgent groups and government forces has led to around 2

6 million displaced people, tens of thousands of which have had their temporary settlements destroyed by the government with no warning Despite all of that, the state is yet to endorse any nominees for its human rights commission, so it doesn’t look like things’ll change any time soon 8 Syria Over the course of this decade, the deteriorating situation in Syria has led to an incredibly messy civil war involving Government forces, ISIS-affiliated groups and various rebel outfits That’s all on a backdrop of proxy conflicts involving the US, Russia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, and the Kurdish PKK

But in the tangled web of international conflicts, it’s easy to overlook the massive effect that the situation in Syria is having on the human rights of its citizens Over the course of the Syrian civil war, the Syrian government under Bashar Al Assad has carried out serious attacks on its own citizens Those include unlawful detentions and extrajudicial killings, and most shockingly, using banned chemical weapons That’s along with abuses carried out by ISIS and Al-Qaeda affiliated groups, despite the fact that most of their territory has been taken back by Government and Rebel forces All of that had led to an estimated 600,000 deaths along with 6 million displaced people, and while the situation is improving with tenuous ceasefires, the abuse doesn’t seem to have an end in sight

7 Democratic Republic of Congo Having been in a state of conflict since 2003, the DRC has descended to a position where civilians face rights violations across the spectrum, ranging from the government to the many warring factions in the region In fact, members of various militias and other 140 armed groups have been charged with crimes against humanity But the abuses going on in Congo aren’t just some abstract injustice going on in a distant part of the globe Actions in the wider world are having a real impact on the state of Congolese human rights

That’s because the country has rich resources of substances like tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, which feature heavily in modern-day tech like smartphones and computers But those resources are also known as ‘conflict minerals’, meaning that a lot of the fighting in the region is vying for control over the resources that WE need Of course, companies make an effort to ensure there are no conflict minerals in the supply line, but it’s not necessarily possible So bear that in mind next time you’re offered a shiny new phone upgrade 6

China China has a long history of restricting freedom of speech and oppressing activists, like in the case of Tibet and Tiananmen Square, and not to mention the one child policy But right now, the most pressing human rights situation is the treatment of the Uighur [Wee-ger] Muslims The group is largely Turkic [Ter-kick], so it has more in common culturally with central Asia than the 90% Han majority in China Because of that, the Xinjiang [Shin-szang] region that they call home has seen a serious security crackdown recently Under the guise of counterterrorism, the state has implemented incredibly sophisticated security apparatus to track Uighurs

Streets are littered with security personnel and cameras monitoring conversations, shopkeepers are forced to carry out security drills twice daily and there are biometric scanning checkpoints every few hundred yards Worst of all, an estimated million people have supposedly been “disappeared” into ‘re-education camps’, which the US state department has called “concentration camps” Inmates are kept in squalid conditions and mistreated by staff while their culture is slowly replaced by pro-Chinese ideology It’s so repressive that a recent VICE undercover documentary described it as “the most dystopian place in the world” 5 Venezuela There’s a lot to be said about whether it’s down to socialist president Maduro’s economic mismanagement or whether tumbling oil prices and US economic sanctions have crippled the South American nation of Venezuela, but either way, there are a LOT of problems over there right now

For one thing, there’s a major humanitarian crisis going on right now, with widespread malnutrition, unemployment, impoverishment and hyperinflation That’s led to thousands of countrywide protests against the government which have led to serious clampdowns in response, including alleged extrajudicial killings of protesters And for citizens, there’s almost no recourse against abuse, since, over the years, the courts have been packed with judges sympathetic to Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez That’s led to the jailing of political opponents, civilians tried in military courts and an opposition stripped of pretty much any power That’s despite the US formally recognising opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president

But unlike a lot of the other entries on this list, there’s a good chance a shift in this unstable situation What it looks like though is anyone’s guess 4 Egypt As the home to perhaps the best-known wonder of the world, it’s all too easy to think of Egypt as a tourist hotspot But that’s just a small part of the country and a pretty misleading one at that

Since the election of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in 2013, the country has begun ramping up its attacks on the rights of citizens in the wake of the Arab Spring Egypt has become one of the worst countries for imprisoning journalists, along with China and Turkey Hundreds have been detained for indefinite periods with no trials for reporting on government activities in a critical way On top of that, there are record levels of detainments of political opponents, “justified” under the guise of combatting terrorism But here’s the kicker

According to human rights organisations, the prisons where those people are detained are actually functioning as breeding grounds for ISIS recruiters You really have to rethink your strategy when your actions are causing the problem you claim to be solving 3 Myanmar While Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country, it’s also home to a group called the Rohingya – a Muslim minority with roughly one million people in the country Well, I should say there WERE roughly one million

In recent years, that figure has dropped dramatically as a result of systematic persecution of the Rohingya people An estimated 700,000 people have fled the country over their treatment, which includes the pillaging of Rohingya villages carried out by the military and backed by civilian mobs The government claims that so-called ‘clearance operations’ ended in September 2018, but the evidence suggests it’s still going on This current crisis is rooted in the 2014 census, which refused to recognise the Rohingya as rightful Myanmarese [Mee-an-mar-ees] citizens Instead, they’re seen as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, regardless of how many generations they’ve been in the country

It’s so serious that the UN has described the situation as “textbook ethnic cleansing”, with its human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein saying that genocide “cannot be ruled out” 2 Saudi Arabia Along with China and North Korea, Saudi Arabia is undoubtedly one of the best-known nations for its disregard for human rights Most recently, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has come under international scrutiny for the apparently state-sanctioned killing of journalist Jamal Kashoggi, over which the UN said there was “credible evidence” linking MBS to the killing But that’s just one small part of the country’s abuses

Freedom of speech is restricted across the board and dissent is not treated kindly, especially when it comes to calls for greater rights That’s especially true for women, who, despite graciously being allowed to drive in 2018, are still segregated in most of public life and have their major life decisions decided by men And for those who do transgress, the state will often respond with physical violence for punishments That’s lashings, stoning and beatings, often to the point of execution AND if that wasn’t enough, the government isn’t shy of resorting to torture, which, according to Human Rights Watch, includes “electric shocks and whipping the women on their thighs

” And despite all that, they’re a major player on the world stage 1 North Korea Of all the entries on this list, North Korea is probably the one you’re going to know best – not only because of the political repression that would be considered cartoonish if it wasn’t so horrific but because the presidents meetings regularly bring its leader to the world stage Famously, the North Korean state has created a political environment of extreme oppression at even the most minor hint at opposition to the Workers’ Party of Korea That usually ends up with forced detention, labour camps and forms of torture that are as inventive as they are cruel, like making inmates stay in stress positions until they collapse or beating their chests until they vomit blood

But it’s not just dissenters that suffer under the regime Exploitation and forced marriage are common occurrences for North Korean women, thanks to an ingrained culture where men are heavily preferred for positions of authority and they’re expected to be subservient And people can even suffer on the circumstances of their birth since a caste system called ‘songbun’ has developed based on family history of political loyalty All I can say is the sooner reunification happens, the better

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