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Fatou “Toufah” Jallow, May 25, 2019.

The Best Videos of 2019

Fatou “Toufah” Jallow, May 25, 2019.  © 2019 Human Rights Watch

What were your favorite Human Rights Watch videos of 2019? There was a clear trend in what grabbed the attention of our hundreds of thousands of viewers over the past 12 months – women’s rights. From trafficked brides to a woman standing up to her rapist, 6 of our top 10 most-watched videos of 2019 touched on this theme, making it clear that empowering women is a top priority. That said, our number one video takes on a different issue ...

Here are our top ten videos of the year, scroll down for number one.

10. Months of protests led to the ouster of Sudan’s autocratic president of 30 years, Omar al-Bashir, last April. But when protests continued, with people calling for civilian rule and justice, government forces turned on the demonstrators and killed over a hundred.


9. Children accused of affiliation with ISIS are being detained, and often tortured and prosecuted, regardless of their actual level of involvement with the group.


8. Anyone who thinks women’s complaints about sexual harassment in Brazil are hyperbole should watch the video that went viral after Quebrando o Tabu (Breaking Taboos), a Brazilian social media platform, posted it last January.


7. Croatian authorities have violently deported migrants to Bosnia and Herzegovina without due process.


6. In northern Myanmar, women and girls are being trafficked across the border and sold as “brides” to families in China, where the long-term consequences of the country’s “one-child policy” mean many men can’t find a wife.


5. Under Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system, a man controls a Saudi woman’s life from her birth until her death. Here are 10 reasons why women there flee.


4. Chinese authorities are using a mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.


3. Fatou Jallow wants to see the ex-president of Gambia who raped her face trial.


2. South African authorities are compromising the safety and wellbeing of women and obstructing efforts to end the HIV pandemic by treating sex work as a crime.


And our most-watched video of 2019: 

1. Zimbabwe security forces carried out killings, rape, torture and other grave abuses during and after mass protests in January. Warning: This video contains violent and disturbing images.


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