Human Rights Abuses that are Still Happening around the world

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Human rights abuses are among the global issues that do not get much media attention. But just because you do not hear about them on the news does not mean they are not happening even now. From rape to extrajudicial killings and other disturbing violations, here are some of the grave abuses on human rights that still exist around the world.

  1. Rape is prevalent in countries like India where a woman becomes a victim at least every hour. There have been many harrowing tales of rape and may yet still left unreported across the globe.
  2. Female genital mutilation is a tradition that still persists in some places despite the global campaign to put an end to it
  3. Arbitrary arrests, detentions, and torture of political activists often on false charges
  4. Summary executions or extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and even political or human rights activists
  5. Silencing critics by any means deemed necessary
  6. Police brutality that result to grave physical injuries and sometimes death of protesters and even ordinary citizens
  7. Inhumane conditions in prison camps in countries like North Korea
  8. Racism and the many abuses associated with it
  9. Gender inequality that result to issues that result to lack of access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities among others for women and the LGBT community
  10. Killings of human rights defenders and individuals who investigate and expose grave abuses and violations
  11. Repression and restriction of freedom of expression
  12. Destruction of homes of illegal settlers
  13. Arrests and beatings of street vendors and illegal settlers
  14. Attacks on civilians caught between warring groups including war-crimes that lead to more deaths of civilians
  15. Human trafficking and kidnapping of children who are sold into sexual slavery
  16. Degrading punishment and torture of detainees
  17. Persecutions based on religious beliefs
  18. Arrests, detention, and punishments of people who participate in peaceful pro-democracy gatherings