The latest report by Amnesty International released on Tuesday said that there is a growing trend among governments to deliberately undermine and under fund international institutions, such as the UN or the International Criminal Court, which function to protect rights. It said that human rights face danger as short-term interests of governments and draconian security crackdown blows a direct assault to the basic freedoms and rights.
“Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said in a statement. “Millions of people are suffering enormously at the hands of states and armed groups while governments are shamelessly painting the protection of human rights as a threat to security, law and order or national ‘values.'”
He added that national governments inflict most violations of human rights on its own people. They crack down on activists and lawyers who stand up for human rights.
“Instead of recognising the crucial role these people play in society, many governments have deliberately set out to strangle criticism in their country,” he said. “They have broken their own laws in their crackdowns against citizens.”
The News Corp reported that according to the annual report, in 2015 citizens were tortured and ill-treated by governments of 98 countries, as many as 30 countries forced asylum seekers to return to places where they were not safe, and the governments and armed groups of 18 countries were involved in war crimes.
According to John Dalhuisen, director of Amnesty’s Europe and Central Asia, France’s response to the Paris attacks was “repressive counter-terrorism and intrusive surveillance methods.” He added that to Hungary and the Scandinavian countries border protection is more important than the rights of the refugees, the NBC News reported.
When Shetty was asked to comment on US President Barack Obama’s decision to close the Guantanamo Bay, he said he would only believe it when it actually happens.
“The other big issue, which is a global issue, which the U.S. really kind of championed, is the use of mass surveillance,” he said. “It is a big concern which we think is a big attack on human rights.”