The Peoples under Threat index identifies those countries around the world where communities face the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression. This year’s publication focuses on how the current COVID-19 pandemic is worsening conflicts and threatening minorities.

Based on current indicators from authoritative sources, Peoples under Threat has been compiled every year since 2005 to provide early warning of potential future mass atrocities.

This year’s Peoples under Threat index underscores how, while some threatened minority and indigenous communities are systematically more exposed to the illness, others are scapegoated in conspiracy theories regarding the origin of the pandemic,  while yet others face difficulties accessing healthcare services due to their remote locations or systemic discrimination.

Read the full press release for the 2020 data and download the Peoples under Threat 2020 briefing for a detailed explanation of how Peoples under Threat is calculated.

Visit www.minorityrights.org to find out more about Minority Rights Group International, which publishes Peoples under Threat.

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