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Top Human Rights Videos of 2020

Only One Relates to Covid-19


What were your favorite Human Rights Watch videos of 2020? Although so many people worldwide suffered because of Covid-19, only one of our most-watched videos related to the pandemic. The rest of these videos span the globe, from China to the US, as well as issues, from refugee rights to abuses confronting athletes – including those headed to the Olympics.

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

10. China’s Global Threat to Human Rights

China’s government sees human rights as an existential threat. Its reaction could pose an existential threat to the rights of people worldwide.


9. Cambodia: Hun Sen and His Abusive Generals

Cambodia’s increasingly dictatorial, one-party rule is underpinned by generals in the security forces who are responsible for serious and systematic human rights violations. The generals and their family members also possess unexplained wealth.


8. Children in Japan are Abused in Pursuit of Olympic Medals

Child athletes in Japan suffer physical, sexual, and verbal abuse when training for sport throughout Japanese schools, federations, and elite sports. Japan will host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics beginning July 23, 2021.


7. Ethiopians Detained in Saudi Arabia After Being Expelled by Houthis in Yemen

Houthi forces in April 2020 forcibly expelled thousands of Ethiopian migrants from northern Yemen using Covid-19 as a pretext, killing dozens and forcing them to the Saudi border.


6. DR Congo: Gangs Kidnap, Rape in National Park

Criminal gangs have kidnapped for ransom at least 170 people near the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo between April 2017 and March 2020. Small groups armed with guns and machetes have beaten, tortured, and murdered hostages, raping women and girls, who make up more than half of them, while using threats to extort money from their families.


5. Greek Police Detain, Assault, Rob and Strip Asylum Seekers at Border

Greek security forces and plain-clothed men at Turkey’s land border have detained, assaulted, robbed, and stripped asylum seekers and migrants before forcing them back to Turkey without letting them seek protection in Greece.


4. ISIS Dumped Bodies in Gorge Near Raqqa

ISIS abducted and detained thousands of people when they held swaths of territory in Syria between 2013 and 2019. Many of these people were executed or remain missing, and the effort to identify them and to locate their remains will last many years. The effort to deliver justice for these extensive crimes is needed to promote a more stable Syria.


3. Kids Talk Coronavirus

Kids talk about the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on children. The crisis has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on children around the world.


2. Kenyan Police Kill Eight in Nairobi

Between December 25, 2019 and February 20, 2020, police in Kenya shot dead at least eight people in Nairobi’s Mathare, Kasarani, and Majengo settlements.


1. NYPD Beat and Arrest Peaceful Protesters in Planned Assault

New York City police planned the assault and mass arrests of peaceful protesters in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx on June 4, 2020. The crackdown, led by the department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, was among the most aggressive police responses to protests across the United States following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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