Diplomacy, Human Rights, International Relations World Leaders are Failing Human Rights. Here's Why.

May 6, 2019
By Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence 2018-19 | New York Times

In this video Op-Ed below, the former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, argues that world leaders are weak, shortsighted and mediocre, and no longer willing or able to defend human rights. It used to be that human rights abuses were called out and many were stopped. Violators had something to fear. But today, the silence of those public officials is astounding. Probable genocide in Myanmar, imprisonment of journalists in Egypt and their murder in Turkey, authoritarian-minded leaders elected in Brazil, Hungary, India, Russia, Italy and Austria, oppression in China, Cambodia, Venezuela, children separated from their parents and locked up right here in Trump’s America. That's without mentioning North Korea. The worst human rights offenders are able to act with complete impunity.

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