Human Rights Watch, a report on human rights

Human Rights Watch, a report on human rights

Human Rights Watch publishes an annual report on the situation of human rights and major protest movements. The 2021 report, presented in January, summarizes the main events of 2020 with an overview of the human rights situation in more than 100 countries, from the United States to Italy, from Egypt to Syria.

The analysis of the situation in Italy focuses on Covid-19, migrants and asylum seekers, racism and intolerance, women’s rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The report discusses concerns about the efficiency of the judiciary,the political independence of the media and smear campaigns against some civil society groups working on migration. For Italy, the report indicates as a serious problem an increase in domestic violence against women during the months of isolation.

In some countries, the situation has deteriorated due to the health and economic crisis. In Yemen, for example, the conflict that in six years has killed 18,400 civilians and created a situation of hunger and poverty for millions of people continues. Humanitarian organizations have estimated that 24 million civilians are in need of humanitarian, food, and health assistance, and in 2020 alone, 80% of the population, including 12 million children, needed humanitarian assistance.

The situation in Syria is similar, where more than 9 million civilians are suffering from hunger and more than 80% of the population is below the poverty line.

To learn more, you can read the report of Human Rights Watch at this link.