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The human rights organization Amnesty International describes 2022 as a year of crises and conflicts, causing millions of suffering in many countries.

Millions of people are fleeing war. People are imprisoned, tortured and executed for taking to the streets for their beliefs. According to the Amnesty International report, 2022 was not a good year for human rights.

People around the world are fleeing and protesting because their lives are threatened, because they are oppressed, persecuted and disenfranchised, in short, because their human rights are violated.

Markus N. Beeko, Secretary General of Amnesty International Germany

The human rights organization looked at fundamental rights in 156 countries.

Iran: Detentions and executions after peaceful protests

One focus, Iran. They are women who fight against discrimination and do not want to wear the headscarf as stipulated by the laws of the country. The Iranian morality police intervene where they see the rule being violated.

For example, in September Jina Mahsa Amini was violently arrested. He dies three days later. Women and girls play a central role in the protests that followed her death. The slogan “Women, life, freedom” travels all over the world.

Security forces fired live ammunition during demonstrations in Iran, killing hundreds and injuring thousands, according to Amnesty International. There have been thousands of arrests for people exercising their human rights of freedom of assembly and expression.

Amnesty: Number of executions increased

Nahid Taghavi is also in prison in Iran. The 68-year-old holds Iranian and German citizenship. She was arrested in October 2020 after campaigning for human rights, especially women’s rights and freedom of expression in Iran. Her daughter Mariam Claren is in Germany and she is worried about her mother.

68 years old. He has high blood pressure, is diabetic. He had more than one herniated disc. In fact, he is incapable of responsibility.

Mariam Claren, daughter of Nahid Taghavi

Penalties imposed in Iran include flogging, amputation and blinding. According to Amnesty International, the number of executions has increased compared to last year and, after a hiatus, executions will again take place in public.

War in Ukraine: torture, sexualized violence, millions fleeing

Another focus of the current Amnesty Report is Ukraine. Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes since Russian forces launched a large-scale military invasion on February 24, 2022.

According to Amnesty International, nearly eight million Ukrainians, mostly women, children and the elderly, have fled abroad; It is the largest refugee movement in Europe since the end of the Second World War.

The way they treat refugees from Ukraine is positive. Many member states of the European Union gave them protection in a fast and unbureaucratic way. This shows what is possible if there is political will.

Markus N. Beeko, Amnesty International Germany

According to the human rights organization, the Russian attacks violated not only the right to life, but also the right to housing, health and education. There is also evidence of torture, sexualized violence, murder and other crimes.

Global attention to conflicts like in Nigeria is lacking

Russia’s attack on Ukraine led most states in the UN General Assembly to condemn the war. The International Criminal Court has launched a large-scale investigation into the situation in Ukraine. Amnesty International openly welcomes this, but also points out that the West uses double standards. This allows countries like China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to avoid, ignore and deflect criticism of their human rights records, Amnesty said.

For example, much less funding is available for investigations in Nigeria or the Palestinian territories.

Amnesty: Willingness to accept refugees from Ukraine should be exemplary

When millions of Ukrainians had to flee Russia’s war of aggression, they were welcomed by many EU countries with open arms. The EU has shown how quickly it can absorb and deal with people. Those seeking protection from other parts of the world could not hope for such treatment.

Source: ZDF

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