Helicopters in the United States. Bullets in Nigeria. Security forces in Belarus. Water cannon in Thailand.

Countries around the world sought to quash peaceful protest in 2020, before and after the pandemic, but people seeking freedom and demanding change took to the streets to defend their rights. #BlackLivesMatter trended across the globe. Despite the regime’s ruthless crackdown, women in Belarus kept up the call for free elections. Journalists in China reported on the coronavirus from Wuhan, at grave personal risk.

These stories and more in the year’s trending human rights tweets.

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