A sad fact about life is that when things get tough, it’s often those who can least afford more hardship who bear the brunt.

Case in point:

The global economic crisis is exacerbating human rights abuses, Amnesty International has warned.

In its annual report, the group said the downturn had distracted attention from abuses and created new problems.

Rising prices meant millions were struggling to meet basic needs in Africa and Asia, it said, and protests were being met with repression.

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