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Names Released Of The Worst Of The Worst Human Rights Offenders

Dr Wendy Stenberg-Tendys ,


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reedom House, a New York based, non-profit NGO, has been monitoring threats to human rights from as far back as 1980. Its 2009 annual report discloses that at the commencement of 2009, 54% of the world's population is still forced to live under brutal authoritarian rule.

•89 (46%) of the world’s 193 countries are ranked as Free, where the people have the freedom of a large range of political and human liberties.
•62 (32%) live in only Partly Free countries, where the rule of law weakly enforced
•42 (22%) of the world's countries are given the rating of Not Free with the people having only basic human rights and political freedom completely unknown.

Eight countries out of the 42 countries rated as Not Free, were delegated the Worst of the Worst possible rating. These countries included: Burma, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The list also included the two territories, Chechnya and Tibet.

These countries were followed by a slightly lesser rating: Belarus, Chad, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Laos, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Zimbabwe, as well as the two territories of South Ossetia (Georgia) and Western Sahara (Morocco). In these nations there is no place for private discussion, while political opposition is fiercely oppressed. All criticism of the state is censored and punishment severely administered. The people’s lives are totally state controlled and all-encompassing, with the overshadowing fear of reprisal for self-determining thoughts, or actions.

The countries committing human rights abuse, reach across the Americas, the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and East Asia. They embrace a large range of cultures and several levels of economic growth. Countries such as Zimbabwe have crumbled from being one of Africa’s most affluent nations, to becoming one of its poorest, ravaged by disease, starvation and the world's highest level of inflation.

Throughout the last three generations there has been a noteworthy growth of human liberation. Many dictatorial leaders have been taken to task before international courts, while many are still being tried. A lot of states have dropped their despotism and grabbed hold of democratic rule and esteemed basic civil rights. There is a global endorsement for the:

• values of democracy
• rule of law
• freedom of association
• freedom of speech,
• rights of the minorities
• plus many other fundamental universally recognized basic human rights.

Several of the nations that have been able to gain measured and sustainable progress in long-term economic growth, also esteem the practices of democracy.

However, Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director of Freedom House says "Although democracy has scored impressive gains in recent times, we have also begun to experience a new drive to prevent the further spread of democracy and where possible, roll back some of the achievements that have already been registered". This involves shutting down independent media, marginalizing political challengers, forbidding independent think tanks and preventing NGOs from obtaining vital resources.

On top of all that, many of the worst human rights law-breakers have become a member of loose coalitions belonging to the United Nations, in order to turn aside the world's eyes from their history of tyranny.




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