With “Shame on Retreat,” a Bleak Outlook for Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein delivered a blistering assessment today of the state of human rights around the globe.

Drawing on his newly released annual human rights report, he singled out the brutal violence against civilians in Syria, Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya as “possible acts of genocide,” and possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela, Deutshe Welle reported. He also blasted the "open invitation to human self-annihilation" from political leaders who put ethnic and other differences above our common humanity, according to Human Rights Watch.

As he noted in his eloquent opening to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in late February, “Shame is on retreat.”

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