Skyline International Criticizes 2023 as a Year Marked by Severe Global Human Rights Suppression
Stockholm: Skyline International issues a strong condemnation of the year 2023, which it characterizes as a 'formidable' period marked by widespread human rights suppression across the globe. The organization's recent report sheds light on alarming situations, particularly focusing on the Israel-Hamas conflict and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, Myanmar, Ethiopia, and the Sahel region of Africa.
The report underscores the severe consequences of the Israel-Hamas war, described as the bloodiest ever, initiated by Hamas attacks on Israel starting October 7. Skyline International accuses Israel's government of responding with measures that include cutting water and electricity to Gaza's 2.3 million civilians, blocking essential supplies, and imposing what is deemed collective punishment – an act classified as a war crime. The conflict, according to local health authorities, resulted in a tragic death toll exceeding 23,000 people in the besieged Palestinian territory.
In addition to the conflict-related concerns, the report draws attention to the broader issues of climate change and economic inequality, citing 2023 as the hottest year on record. Skyline International underscores the global impact of wildfires, droughts, and storms, emphasizing their detrimental effects on communities from Bangladesh to Libya to Canada.
The report strongly criticizes what it perceives as a double standard in the international response to conflicts. Instances are highlighted where Western governments condemned Hamas attacks but exhibited reluctance in criticizing Israel's actions. Skyline International accuses these governments, including the U.S. and most EU member countries, of failing to urge an end to the Israeli government's 16-year closure of Gaza and overlooking ongoing crimes against humanity, including apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.
The independent news organization expresses deep concern about the undermining of the international system, with leaders allegedly turning a blind eye to human rights violations. Skyline International points out the lack of consistency and commitment in enforcing universally accepted human rights principles.
Furthermore, the report discusses selective government outrage, transactional diplomacy, and double standards in applying the human rights framework. It highlights differing responses to human rights situations in Sudan and Ukraine, condemning violations in Sudan and criticizing Western governments' initial reluctance to prioritize accountability.
Skyline International also raises concerns about "massive violations" of civilian rights in Sudan and the lack of condemnation for "intensifying repression" in China, particularly in Xinjiang and Tibet. The European Union is criticized for its migration policies, described as prioritizing containment at the expense of human rights commitments.
In condemning this 'formidable' year for global rights suppression, Skyline International emphasizes the urgent need for accountability and consistency in upholding human rights. The organization calls on the international community to address these issues promptly, safeguarding the fundamental principles that underpin a just and humane world.