From the worsening plight of refugees around the world to mass unlawful killings, from the vicious crackdowns on dissenting voices to the rise of hate speechacross Europe and the USA, the world in 2016 became a darker and more unstable place.
Our annual report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, warns that an ‘us v them’ climate of blame, hate and fear is undermining the very foundations of universal human rights in 2016.
A time for ordinary heroes
We cannot rely on governments to protect our freedoms. We must come together and resist the roll back of long-established human rights.
We can find inspiration from those brave activists of the past. In dark times, individuals have made a difference by taking a stand, be they civil rights activists in the USA, anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, or women’s rights and LGBTI movements around the world.
It is in these times that courageous voices are needed, ordinary heroes who will stand up against injustice and repression.
Nobody can take on the whole world, but everyone can change their own world.
2017 needs human rights heroes.