Certain Violence, Uncertain Protection
Each February the US State Department publishes its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. This 1,300-plus page tome is a compendium of the human rights practices of the previous year for every country in the world — except, conveniently enough, the United States. Several months after this, Amnesty International publishes its own world human rights report for the previous year, covering much the same territory as the State Department does (but including the US). Both texts provide a full litany of much of what is wrong with the world. Even a quick glance at either volume provides stunning evidence that: torture is a common practice in a whole host of countries in the world; ‘summary executions’ and ‘disappearances’ are frequently employed to kill enemies of ruling governments; prison conditions in one country after the other are nothing short of barbaric as thousands of prisoners are left to literally rot to death; female genital mutilation continues unabated in a host of African countries; and tens of thousands of civilians are killed and brutalised in civil wars each year. This sickening evidence of our inhumanity to one another goes on and on, and, rather than seeing any kind of improvement, there are indications that human rights conditions throughout the Third World are only getting worse.
KeywordsAsylum Seeker Female Genital Mutilation Political Violence Refugee Population Refugee Policy
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