Top 5 worst countries for human rights

It is sad to note that human rights across the world continue to deteriorate as day goes by. In 2008, 20 countries were outlined by Maplecroft as being in extreme risk of human rights but in 2013, the number deteriorated to 34 countries. According to Maplecroft report in December 2016, 55% of the 110 countries accessed (corresponding to 60 countries) were at risk of human rights.

Some of the countries with poor human rights included war-torn states and they are especially located in Africa. It appears that human right is highly correlated with press freedom. The countries with poor human rights also have poor press freedom index. Thus, countries like North Korea, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Pakistan has the poorest human rights.

North Korea is notorious for its poor human rights. The supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, is seen as above every other person or thing in the state and therefore people are forced to serve and worship him. Policies are formed to please him and disobedience to such policies can result to severe punishments and death. Syria has been very notorious for its human rights crisis. International humanitarian laws are constantly violated in Syria by government forces and non-state armed forces.

Saudi Arabia is also notoriously poor in human rights. The basic human rights including the freedom of assembly, expression and association are consistently restricted by the government. Unfair trails, ill-treatments and torture are the order of the day and the governmental system is such that discriminates against women. In Russia, freedom of peaceful assembly and expression are restricted. Incessant arrest of innocent people and harassment of human rights defenders are the order of the day. The violation of human rights in Russia is even worse in the North Caucasus.

Pakistan ( and Kenya ( also have human rights issues. The case of Pakistan is worse, characterized by military courts, executions, discrimination of religious minorities, targeted attacks, persecution and harassments. Extrajudicial executions marked the case of Kenya; it also includes violation, closure and harassment of human rights organizations. Several judicial and administrative measures were meted by the state on human right bodies to close them down and render them inoperative.