The independent non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch released its annual report this week, detailing key human rights issues in approximately 100 countries. At a press conference, executive director Ken Roth said though autocrats may have captured headlines in 2018, his organization was buoyed by the resistance they faced.
According to Roth, 2018 saw a pattern of resistance against autocrats coming not just from citizens but from European countries banding together and “non-traditional actors,” such as smaller South American countries. He says this emergence was seen in a year where there was less support from more traditional powers such as the U.S. and the U.K. Roth explained that Berlin was the chosen destination for the report’s launch, based in part on the German government’s role in 2018 in “promoting human rights.”
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