For more than a decade, human rights organizations have warned that a persistent deterioration of respect for human rights and the rule of law was underway. Where does 2022 fit in that descent? Was it yet another disastrous year for human rights? Has the breakdown of international norms reached a new nadir? And if so, what must the global community do about it?

This year’s report highlights the emerging trends in the freedom of expression and assembly, excessive use of force and extrajudicial executions, forced evictions, right to health, and women’s rights, among others. The global report covers 161 countries and focuses on economic, social and cultural rights, rights of internally displaced people, refugees and migrants, discrimination and marginalization, and the climate crisis.

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