human rights issues
Human rights violations continue to increase across the world. Civilians suffer from human rights abuses that undermine democracy. Looking into 2022, what are the top 5 human rights issues of the future?
Human trafficking is growing around the world. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, human trafficking is now considered the second-largest and fastest-growing crime in the world. Ukrainian women and children who have fled their war-torn homes to neighbouring countries also faced the threat of human trafficking at borders. Victims often end up working in the sex trade or forced labour.
The refugee crisis is also increasing rapidly across the world. Sometimes, people leave their country because of climate change and armed conflict. An ongoing refugee crisis began in Europe in late February 2022 after Russia invaded Ukraine. If the armed conflict isn’t resolved, the refugee crisis will be one of the biggest human rights issues in the future.
Gender inequality has been a human rights issue for many years across the world. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women believes it could take the world another century to realise gender equality. Child marriage is still prevalent in many parts of developing nations. Abortion is still illegal in many countries.
Homosexuality is not accepted by many countries. Seventy-one countries still criminalize homosexual conduct. Countries with sharia law such as Afghanistan and Nigeria also criminalize lesbian sex. Depending on the country, the state of LGBTQ+ rights varies widely.
Worker rights are threatened around the world in various ways. Injustices like wage theft, discrimination, and physical endangerment occur all the time. Gender pay gap is also an issue in many countries. Wage theft is an important issue because it is a human rights violation. During the Covid-19 pandemic, wage theft was rampant.