World Report 2018 – events of 2017

World Report 2018 is Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) 28th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017. The Executive Director of HRW in his keynote essay, “The Pushback Against the Populist Challenge,” argued on the populist surge which is hardly inevitable and can be reversed if governments and the public are willing to make the effort. The rest of the report consists of individual country entries, each of which identifies significant human rights abuses, examines the freedom of local human rights defenders to conduct their work, and surveys the response of key international actors, such as the United Nations, European Union, African Union, United States, China, and various regional and international organizations and institutions.