According to the annual Human Rights Reports released by the United States, Washington criticized Iran, China, Russia and Syria for their violent crackdowns on opposition figures and minorities.
The report, published on Tuesday, is based on the State Department’s report it sends to Congress on all the countries that receive assistance from the US and all the United Nations member states.
The report read, “Too many people continued to suffer under brutal conditions in 2020.”
It specifically mentioned, China for its genocide against Uighurs and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s atrocities against the people of Syria that continued unabated.
Russia was criticized for continuing to target political dissidents and peaceful protesters “while official corruption remained rampant.”
According to the published report, the coronavirus pandemic also placed obstacles in front of individuals’ abilities to enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms. “Some governments used the crisis as a pretext to restrict rights and consolidate authoritarian rule.
“Women and children faced heightened risk as the prevalence of gender-based and domestic violence increased due to lockdowns and the loss of traditional social protections.”