World Report 2019: Reversing Autocrats’ Attacks on Rights
New Alliances of Governments, Civic Groups Winning Victories
Thursday 17 January 2019(Berlin, January 17, 2019) – There is a growing global trend to confront the abuses of headline-grabbing autocrats, Human Rights Watch said today in launching its . Within the , at the United Nations, and around the world, coalitions of states, often backed by civic groups and popular protests, are pushing back against anti-rights populists.
In the 674-page World Report 2019, its 29th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 100 countries. In his , Executive Director says that the big news of the past year is not the continuation of authoritarian trends but the growing opposition to them. That pushback could be seen in efforts to resist attacks on democracy in Europe, prevent a bloodbath in , bring to justice the perpetrators of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in , stop the -led bombing and blockading of civilians, defend the longstanding ban on chemical weapons, convince President Joseph Kabila to accept constitutional term limits, and demand a full investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.