Commentary

Worst of the Worst

Everyone likes lists, and Julian Sanchez (here and here) points to two good ones. The first lists the world’s worst human rights violators:

The report, “The Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies 2005,” includes detailed summations of the dire human rights situations in Belarus, Burma (Myanmar), China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Haiti, Laos, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Chechnya, Tibet, and Western Sahara are included as territories under Russian, Chinese, and Moroccan jurisdictions respectively.

And yet:

[S]ix of the eighteen most repressive governments–those of China, Cuba, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe–are members of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), [the UN body, charged with monitoring and condemning human rights violations.]

Full report available here.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.