What Are Some Human Rights Issues?

Poverty, religious freedom, free press, access to education, gender equality, political freedom, police torture, human trafficking and access to health care are some human rights issues. Human rights officials believe that these issues are exacerbated by environmental issues, conflict and urbanization. Human rights violations are present in some form in most countries as of 2015, though levels of reporting and monitoring vary.

Human rights violations in recent history include the police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri, deaths of women in childbirth in countries with poor access to medical care, the enslavement and sexual abuse of women by the Islamic State, and the forced marriages of young girls in Bangladesh.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, World Watch Monitor and the United Nations are international organizations that report and investigate human rights violations. Doctors Without Borders works to address medical inequalities in low-resource countries and areas struck by natural disasters.

The United Nations defines human rights as rights inherent to all human beings, whatever their nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language or any other status. The U.N. states that all people are all equally entitled to human rights without discrimination and that these rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.