It’s World Human Rights Day! The day commemorates the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the General Assembly of the UN
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
The document is available in more than 500 languages, making it the most translated document in the world.
However, as the world celebrates this year’s Human Rights Day, the it has witnessed cases of human rights abuses and according to Amnesty International’s latest annual audit of human rights,
Leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control.
Amnesty’s State of the World’s Human Rights report assessed human rights violations in 159 countries. But ten global hotspots for major human rights violations are United States of America, Venezuela, Yemen,Turkey and Syria.
Others are Russia, Saudi Arabia,Myanmar, Australia and China.
Amnesty accused the U.S. government of the polarizing decision to ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries was “transparently hateful.”
In Venezuela,President Nicolas Maduro has been widely condemned for overseeing widespread food shortages, the collapse of its traditional currency and hyperinflation.
Approximately 22.2 million people in Yemen require immediate assistance with over 8 million citizens thought to be at risk of starvation.
Amnesty referenced Turkey’s crackdown on journalists, political activists and human rights defenders as examples of the Ankara’s human rights abuses.
It also said human rights violations in Syria were seen as government and allied forces,carried out indiscriminate attacks on civilians.
On Russian President Vladimir Putin’s clampdown on free speech,
the campaign group said those arrested frequently faced arbitrary detention, beatings and intimidation.
Amnesty International accused Saudi Arabia of unfairly detaining human rights defenders,executing Shi’a activists and discrimination against women.
United Nations has described a security operation in Myanmar that targeted Rohingya Muslims as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
Amnesty accused both the European Union and Australia of detention of asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat.
The campaign group warned Chinese Premier Xi Jinping for enacting serious threats to human rights into law tightening supervision of party members and institutionalizing anti-corruption work.