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Amnesty International Report 2016/17


It is time we all stand up together and put a stop to the politics of demonization which is creating a divided and dangerous world.

With the launch of its Annual Report, Amnesty International calls on people around the world to not let the rhetoric of fear, blame and hate erode the vision for an open society based on equality. If each individual takes a stand and acts to protect our human rights, together we can turn the tide.

2016 was the year of “us against them”, of populist leaders singling out groups of people as a threat to national interests. If more countries roll back our rights in the name of national security, the result could be a total collapse of the foundations of universal human rights.

Peaceful movements such as the International Women’s March, the pro-democracy protests in the Gambia and the Ayotzinapa student protests in Mexico should inspire us all to stand up for our freedoms.

“We cannot rely on governments to protect human rights, so we the people have to take action instead”, said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

Key Messages:

Long-standing economic inequalities and uncertainties, seismic political changes and poisonous “us versus them” rhetoric are making the world more divided. With politicians increasingly willing to discard and attack human rights, the need to stand up for human rights everywhere has never been clearer.

  • 2016 was an awful year for human rights marked by a poisonous and divisive manipulation of identity politics by politicians who made cynical use of “us vs them” narratives of blame, hate and fear in order to press the right buttons to win votes. If our governments continue to use the politics of demonization and shamelessly call for limits on civic freedom, equality, privacy and other human rights, the consequences could be ugly.
  • The beginning of 2017 finds many of the world’s most powerful states in turmoil or pursuing narrower national interests at the expense of international cooperation. This risks taking us towards a more chaotic, dangerous world. Where once states at least paid lip service to human rights, even those that once championed rights abroad are now too busy rolling back human rights at home to hold others to account.
  • Who will stand up for human rights in the world in 2017? Don’t expect states or institutions to step in and ensure justice without concerted pressure: people need to come together to stand up for human rights. Never has it been clearer that the struggle for human rights, which has always begun at must come from the grassroots.
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Director's Message

Greetings, Human Rights Champions!

Firstly, I would like to wish each one of you a belated Happy 2017 and Gong Xi Fa Cai on behalf of the AI Malaysia crew. I hope you have had an amazing start to 2017! Thank you, also, for the continuous support you have given us throughout 2016.

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