Human Rights Facts & Figures for 2014 #AIR15
Amnesty International Report 14/15 - The Sate of the World's Human Rights #AIR15
In 2014, Amnesty International recorded and investigated human rights abuses in 160 countries and territories worldwide. While progress is being made in some areas, for many people the human rights situation is getting worse.
- War crimes or other violations of the “laws of war” were carried out in at least 18 countries.
- Armed groups committed abuses in at least 35 countries, more than 20% of the countries Amnesty International investigated.
- More than 3,400 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe.
- Three quarters of governments (that's 119 countries from total investigated) arbitrarily restricted freedom of expression. There were crackdowns on press freedom in many countries, with newspapers being forcibly closed and journalists threatened.
- 62 governments locked up prisoners of conscience – people who were simply exercising their rights and freedoms.
- 4 million refugees have fled the conflict in Syria. 95% were being hosted in neighbouring countries.
- 78 countries have laws in effect that are used to criminalize consensual sexual relationships between adults of the same sex.
- 58% of countries (that's 93) conducted unfair trials. In unfair trials, justice is not served for the accused, the victim of the crime or the public.
- 82% of countries (that's 131 countries) tortured or otherwise ill-treated people.