In 2021, Human Rights Watch's World Report looks at opportunities for the new US leadership to prioritize human rights in its foreign policy; opportunities for governments to invest in renewable energy in combating climate change, and the need for expansion of protections of climate crisis refugees. The report also looks at human rights trends in over 100 countries around the world!

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Today, Human Rights Watch released the annual World Report looking at human rights trends in the past year, and calling on the new United States administration to prioritize human rights in its foreign policy.

Like many organizations around the world, Human Rights Watch had to adapt to the restrictions that Covid-19 has set on normal operations. How did we change how we conduct human rights investigations and maintain high standards of verification and impartiality? Read about it here.

The grounds for protections or refugees should be expanded to include the effects of climate change because rising sea levels and rising temperatures pose imminent threats with devastating famine due to floods or drastic weather changes to communities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the effects of economic inequality for millions around the world who have no source of livelihood, food or healthcare due to the economic impact of the pandemic on poorer communities.

While climate change is already causing devastating effects for indigenous communities, governments have an opportunity to kick-start their economies by investing in renewable energy.

Black people in the United States disproportionally live in poverty and face violent policing. It’s time to address this and structural racism in the US.

Even before the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions were already locked or shackled in chains. Governments should end this practice and provide mental health services for communities.

Urgent action is needed for protection against the violence women face online.

The Chinese government’s authoritarianism was on full display, particularly in Hong Kong, in Xinjiang province, and during the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan province in 2020.

Almost a year ago, Cameroon government forces and rebel groups attacked Ngarburh village killing 21 people. Activists continue to push for justice.

The HRW World Report this year looks at over 100 countries around the world, download your free copy of the report here!