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The Age of Impunity

The Policy Institute and  Ipsos MORI  conducted a major 24-country, 17,000-interview online survey on global attitudes to human rights to inform  David Miliband’s 2019 Fulbright Legacy Lecture series.

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Key findings from the survey show that:

  • Britain ranks alongside Sweden as top for prioritising human rights in international trade, with 50% of the public saying we should only trade with countries that have a good human rights record, even if it harms our economy. 
  • Iran is most likely to be seen as using its influence for bad from all the countries asked about in the study (31%). This is followed by Russia (25%), Saudi Arabia (25%) and Israel (24%).
  • Three in ten (29%) across all countries think the US is less likely to use its influence for good compared with 10 years ago.
  • Four in ten (38%) around the world think their country should never break international laws on human rights, while one in five (21%) think their country should break these laws in extreme circumstances (21%).