World Report 2019
Our annual review of human rights around the globe
Social Media’s Moral Reckoning
Changing the Terms of Engagement with Silicon Valley
As China’s Grip Tightens, Global Institutions Gasp
Limiting Beijing’s Influence Over Accountability and Justice
Atrocities as the New Normal
Time to Re-Energize the “Never Again” Movement
Caught in the Middle
Convincing “Middle Powers” to Fight Autocrats Despite High Costs
Breaking the Buzzword
Fighting the “Gender Ideology” Myth
Living Longer, Locked Away
Helping Older People Stay Connected, and at Home
Can Algorithms Save Us from Human Error?
Human Judgment and Responsibility in the Age of Technology
World Report 2019 is Human Rights Watch’s 29th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018.
In his keynote essay, “World’s Autocrats Face Rising Resistance,” Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth argues that while autocrats and rights abusers often captured headlines in 2018, rights defenders pushed back and gained strength in unexpected ways.
The 674-page book reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2018, usually in close partnership with human rights activists and groups in the country in question. It also reflects the work of our advocacy team, which monitors policy developments and strives to persuade governments and international institutions to curb abuses and promote human rights.Download the easy-to-read version of the keynote essay