Please click on link below to view the joint statement which MARUAH has endorsed with 35 other organizations:
The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.
The 2019 Singapore country report is available at https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/SINGAPORE-2019-HUMAN-RIGHTS-REPORT.pdf
We are excited to share the final version of the report on the
Peoples’ Summit on Climate, Rights, and Human Survival! This report
provides an overview of the event, highlights its key outputs, and
outlines next steps and lessons learned that were guided, from all of
you, by the post-summit evaluation survey. Don’t miss out on the
links to important documents such as the concept note, summaries of
sessions, the Declaration, and collaborations that were initiated at
the summit – you will find them throughout the report!
Here are just a few highlights from the document:
- The summit brought together over 150 actors from the different strands
of the climate justice movement. The two-day gathering was a mix of
compelling panels and breakout groups where organizational commitments
to integrate human rights and climate change were discussed. These
conversations laid the foundation for numerous collaborative actions
that have great potential to move this work forward.
- The event’s organizers hope to support groups working at the
frontlines to take on leadership roles and guide the direction of
these national, regional, and thematic collaborations. The intention
is that future working groups will be led and maintained by
self-designated focal points with support from the organizers if
- There was strong interest after the summit to create an email list to
continue to engage with others working on climate justice. Your active
participation in this new community is essential to bring it to life.
- The climaterights4all email list has a lot of potential, particularly
to support the collaborations that came out of the summit or will be
proposed through the climaterights4all network.
- It is particularly important to have a follow-up team that reflects
different regions, issue-areas and includes both small and large
organizations. The intention of the follow-up team is for it to be a
part of a horizontal process whereby the direction of collaborations
rests with the self-identified persons and/or organizations that
choose to be focal points. The hope is that the follow-up team will
serve the function of supporting, where requested and along with
others, and as long as needed, groups working at the frontlines in
guiding the direction of post-summit activities. We have a growing
group of individuals interested in joining the follow-up team; if you
would like to be part of this group, please reach out to Melanie at
email@example.com by March 24th, 2020.
The organizers commit to encourage, as much as possible, conversations
between funders and the groups focusing on human rights and climate
change. Please look out for more information on this in the near
Last but not least, give a read and review the evaluation survey. It
will help you to better understand how the feedback from the summit
guided the proposed next steps outlined in this summary and the
Also, think about proposing a new collaboration or joining an existing
collaboration, or even being part of the follow-up team to keep the
Thank you for making the event such a unique call to action. We look
forward to working together with the hundreds of organizations that
engaged in the process for further collaboration towards our common
goals, and believe that we may be able to make a solid contribution to
ending the climate crisis, and the injustices that underlie it.
Organizers of the Peoples’ Summit
Wallace Global Fund, Amnesty International, Center for Human Rights
and Global Justice: NYU School of Law, CIEL, Greenpeace International,
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Harm Reduction International (HRI) has monitored the use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide since our first ground-breaking publication on this issue in 2007. This report, our ninth on the subject, continues our work of providing regular updates on legislative, policy and practical developments related to the use of capital punishment for drug offences, a practice which is a clear violation of international law.
View The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2019 in full in the tabs below or download the PDF of the report here.
Please visit HRI’s Death Penalty for Drug Offences 2019 portal for more info and infographics for sharing on social media.
The World Justice Project Rule of Law Index® measures how the rule of law is experienced and perceived by the general public in 126 countries and jurisdictions worldwide based on more than 120,000 household and 3,800 expert surveys. Featuring primary data, the WJP Rule of Law Index measures countries’ rule of law performance across eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.
The WJP Rule of Law Index 2020 – to be launched on 11 March 2020
Subscribe to World Justice Project’s newsletter for the formal invitation to the launch livestream for the Rule of Law Index 2020 @ https://worldjusticeproject.org/our-work/engagement/events/global-launch-wjp-rule-law-index-2020
The WJP Rule of Law Index 2019
The new WJP Rule of Law Index scores show that more countries declined than improved in overall rule of law performance for the second year in a row, continuing a negative slide toward weaker rule of law around the world.
In a sign suggesting rising authoritarianism, the factor score for “Constraints on Government Powers” declined in more countries than any other factor worldwide over the last year (61 countries declined, 23 stayed the same, 29 improved). This factor measures the extent to which, in practice, those who govern are bound by governmental and non-governmental checks such as an independent judiciary, a free press, the ability of legislatures to apply oversight, and more. Over the past four years, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia have lost the most ground in this dimension of the rule of law.
The second largest decline over last year was seen in the area of “Criminal Justice,” followed by “Open Government” and “Fundamental Rights.” On a positive note, more countries improved in “Absence of Corruption” than declined for the second year in a row.
The top three overall performers in the 2019 WJP Rule of Law Index were Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Finland (3); the bottom three were the Democratic Republic of the Congo (124), Cambodia (125), and Venezuela (126).
Countries leading their regions in overall rule of law scores included: Nepal (South Asia), Georgia (Eastern Europe and Central Asia); Namibia (Sub-Saharan Africa); Uruguay (Latin America and the Caribbean); United Arab Emirates (Middle East and North Africa); New Zealand (East Asia and Pacific), and Denmark (Western Europe and North America, defined as EU + EFTA + North America).
The V-Dem Democracy Report 2019 is online! Get it here – https://www.v-dem.net/media/filer_public/99/de/99dedd73-f8bc-484c-8b91-44ba601b6e6b/v-dem_democracy_report_2019.pdf
The trend of autocratization continues, and almost one-third of the world’s population lives in countries undergoing autocratization – a substantial decline of democracy.
24 countries are now severely affected by what is established as a “third wave of autocratization”. These countries include Brazil, India, the United States, as well as several Eastern European countries.
A majority of countries in the world remains democratic.
The first ever model forecasting autocratization identifies the top-10 most at-risk countries: Philippines, Fiji, Mali, Hungary, Guatemala, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Tanzania. This is an invitation for action by the policy and practitioner communities.