Global Human Rights: The Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [Updated March 16, 2020]   [open pdf - 626KB]

From the Introduction: "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 2019 and were issued on March 11, 2020. They provide individual narratives for nearly 200 countries and are available on the Department of State website. As with prior reports, the 2019 reports do not compare countries or rank them based on the severity of human rights abuses documented. Although the reports describe human rights violations in many countries, in introducing the reports Secretary of State Michael Pompeo specifically noted violations in China, Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba. Some critics contended that the Secretary's singling out of these nations, generally perceived as U.S. diplomatic adversaries, risked politicizing the reports. In response to a related media question, Robert Destro, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, stated that the reports were 'hard-hitting across the board.' Some changes in emphasis and terminology in the 2019 reports were also noted in U.S. and international media coverage."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF10795
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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