Countries with some shocking human right issues you need to know about

Although all countries have their problems with regard to human rights, there are some in particular where there are some unique and quite serious issues in this regard. Here are some of them:

Philippines and divorce

The Philippines is the only country in the world where divorce is not legalized.

This is due to the strong Catholic influence and church in the country. The result is people who want to legally separate to get their marriages annulled by alternative means such as getting a psychiatrist to declare one of the spouses psychologically incapacitated.

Belarus and the death penalty

Belarus is the only European country which still has the death penalty. The executions are performed via shooting the prisoner in the head and burying the body in an unknown location. As a result, several prisoners on death row have hung themselves in their cells in the last few years so that their families could at least retrieve their bodies after their death.

The USA and paid maternity leave

The US is the sole developed nation which doesn’t have mandatory paid maternity leave for new mothers. Other countries with this problem are developing countries such as Lesotho, Papua New Guinea, Liberia, and Swaziland.

20 years ago, the US government decided to grant new mothers 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave under specific conditions. Today, only about 11% of the private sectors pay new mothers during their maternity leave which averages at 7 weeks.

Ireland and transgender recognition

Ireland is the only EU country where there isn’t a law for transgender recognition. Although there is draft legislation being drawn due to the pressure from the rest of the EU, no local LGBT organizations were ever asked or informed to participate in the creating of such laws. Shocking statistics show that nearly 80% of the transgender people in Ireland have at least once attempted suicide in their lifetimes.

Iran and organ selling

Iran is the only country in the world which has a law which allows for selling human organs for transplants. This has led to serious issues with the exploitation of poor people, endangering the lives of people who need money, as well as with illegal organ transplant tourism.

The US and universal healthcare

Once again, the US is the sole nation in the world which doesn’t have universal healthcare for all of its citizens. Today in the 21st century the level of healthcare availability for certain racial groups and people in the US has been compared to that provided in poverty-stricken third world countries.

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