Public Attitudes Towards Human Rights Organization

How do we see human rights organizations? According to the Pew Research Center, we see them as beneficial and impactful. As part of its 2017 Global Attitudes Survey, four emerging and developing nations (Kenya, Indonesia, India, and Mexico) were surveyed on how they viewed human rights organizations:

Almost eight out of ten people in Kenya and Indonesia held positive responses, and two-thirds of people in India and Mexico held the same views. Left to finish the statement “Human rights organizations are having _____ of influence on the way things are going in our country,” Indonesia had positive responses to 75%, Kenya had 68%, Mexico had 63%, and India had 60%. Compared to other institutions, human rights organizations had better ratings overall, but the survey also showed that the public wanted to see these organizations put more effort into addressing and promoting policies that help the poor.

Among other popular responses were: “promoting a clean environment,” “ensuring free and fair elections,” “ensuring fair trials,” “holding government accountable on human rights issues.” On the other hand, among lower priorities held were: “guaranteeing that gays and lesbians have the same rights as other people,”protecting the rights of religious minorities,” and “promoting free speech and freedom of the press.”

Despite various governments’ recent restrictions on foreign support for human rights organizations, the public in these four countries nevertheless believe that their government actively protects the rights of people in their respective country, and holds the people in their best interests.

Sophia Kim