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Global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore. Derived from Flickr. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Donald Trump. Image: Gage Skidmore. Derived from Flickr.

Amnesty International has called out politicians who use divisive and dehumanized rhetoric in its annual report covering 159 countries.

Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International said:

Politicians are shamelessly and actively legitimizing all sorts of hateful rhetoric and policies based on people’s identity: misogyny, racism and homophobia.

Shetty also said ‘2016 was the year when the cynical use of “us vs them” narratives of blame, hate and fear took on a global prominence to a level not seen since the 1930s.’

He pointed out that was the year Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban were also mentioned in the report for using the ‘us versus them’ rhetoric in their leadership.

The Amnesty International 2016-17 full report can be found here.

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