Human Rights Time Bomb

Amnesty International warns of burgeoning world crisis

The international NGO is warning of an “explosive human rights crisis” that could affect the entire world. Irene Kahn, AI’s Secretary General, said ongoing rights problems, combined with the world economic crisis, are leading to massive job, food, water, housing and land shortages, as well as global increases in racism, xenophobia and violence. She criticized countries like Myanmar for using food shortages as a weapon, China and Egypt for their treatment of political protestors, and the global community as a whole for not acting against crises in Darfur, Somalia and Sri Lanka. Kahn said G-20 nations are putting rights aside in the name of the economy, aggravating current problems. She added that economic problems cannot be fixed without first stopping human rights crises and abuses that lead to cycles of violence and poverty. The warning comes out of AIs International Report 2009: State of the World’s Human Rights, which says that current rights problems are affecting billions and could affect many more.

Amnesty International USA

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