The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2013
Around the world, millions of people carried on the struggle for freedom and human rights in 2013. There were gains, to be sure, but unfortunately many more setbacks. Here are some of the best and worst developments in human rights over the past year.
Robert Ruby, Margaret Marshall, Nate Schenkkan, Russell Raymond, Sarah Cook, Elizabeth Luckey, Karen Marcus, Alyssa Rickard, Cynthia Romero, and Alex Brockwehl contributed to this post.
Analyses and recommendations offered by the authors do not necessarily reflect those of Freedom House.
As North Korea continues to draw the world’s attention with a combination of missile tests and tearful family reunions, last month’s detailed report by a special UN commission of inquiry has provided a long-overdue reminder that the regime in Pyongyang is not simply a vexing security problem or a bizarre curiosity for the media, but one of the most repugnant human rights abusers the world has ever seen.
Pakistan’s government is moving forward with a cybercrime bill that fails to protect privacy and human rights, ignoring a year’s worth of civil society consultation.
Venezuela, joining Cuba, has become the second country in the Americas rated Not Free by Freedom House. If left unaddressed, its humanitarian crisis could prompt large-scale migration.