Global Human Rights: The Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [Updated May 20, 2019] [open pdf - 605KB]
From the Document: "The State Department's 'Country Reports on Human Rights Practices' are an annual U.S. government account of human rights conditions in countries around the globe. The reports characterize countries on the basis of their adherence to 'internationally recognized human rights,' which generally refer to the civil, political, and worker rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948) and other international human rights agreements. The most recent reports cover calendar year 2018 and were issued on March 13, 2019. They provide individual narratives for nearly 200 countries and are available on the Department of State website. As with prior reports, the 2018 reports do not compare countries or rank them based on the severity of human rights abuses documented. In his remarks introducing the reports, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo specifically noted human rights violations in Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua, and China, and stated that China in particular 'is in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations.' Pompeo also noted that the report documents human rights violations in U.S. allied and partner countries as well, but did not name any of these specifically. Similar to prior years, some countries whose human rights practices were criticized in the reports publicly defended their record and accused the United States of human rights challenges of its own. Some changes in emphasis and terminology in the 2018 reports were also noted in U.S. and international media coverage."
CRS In Focus, IF10795
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/