Amnesty International records human rights abuse in 160 countries 


Feb. 25: Amnesty International said that progress is being made in some areas, for many people the human rights situation is getting worse. Amnesty International’s newly published annual report recorded human rights abuses in 160 countries and territories worldwide in 2014.

It said that war crimes or other violations of the “laws of war” were carried out in at least 18 countries. Armed groups committed abuses in at least 35 countries, more than 20 percent of the countries Amnesty International investigated.

Refugees and migrants were at particular risk during 2014. More than 3,400 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe. Of the four million refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria, 95 percent were being hosted in neighboring countries.

The report said that almost three-quarters of governments (119 out of 160) arbitrarily restricted freedom of expression. There were crackdowns on press freedom in many countries, with newspapers being forcibly closed and journalists threatened.

More than a third of governments (62 out of 160) locked up prisoners of conscience – people who were simply exercising their rights and freedoms.

Fifty-eight percent of countries (93 out of 160) conducted unfair trials. In unfair trials, justice is not served for the accused, the victim of the crime or the public.

Amnesty International said that 82 percent (131 out of 160) of countries tortured or otherwise ill-treated people.

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Inter-sex Association, 78 countries have laws in effect that are used to criminalize consensual sexual relationships between adults of the same sex.

 The Oslo Times

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