Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of the world’s human rights in 2021 covering 154 countries was published today.
It shows that promises to “build back better” after the Covid-19 pandemic were little more than lip service.
Hopes of global cooperation withered in the face of vaccine hoarding and corporate greed. Governments suppressed independent and critical voices, with some even using the pandemic as a pretext to shrink further the civic space.
New and unresolved conflicts erupted or persisted. Those forced to flee were subjected to a litany of abuses, including pushbacks by countries in the Global North.