Politics of Fear Devouring Human Rights Worldwide

Common Dreams, January 27, 2016, By Nadia Prupis

"The politics of fear has consumed the world.

Fear of terrorism and fear of refugees, which have grown alongside ongoing global conflicts, fueled many of the biggest human rights developments—and failings—worldwide in 2015, including in the U.S. and Europe, according to a new report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The influx of refugees fleeing violence, war, and poverty at home prompted numerous Western governments to restrict borders and roll back human rights within their own countries in 'misguided efforts to protect their security,' the report (pdf) states. Meanwhile, authoritarian governments in conflict zones embarked on 'the most intense crackdown on independent groups in recent times.' ...

Despite these ongoing crises, the report highlights the tangible progress made by intrepid activists and organizations, such as the democratic elections in Myanmar that brought human rights leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy to power in November, or the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., Ireland, and Mexico. ..."


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