Global Human Rights: The Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [Updated April 16, 2021]   [open pdf - 658KB]

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 2020 and were issued on March 30, 2021. They provide individual narratives on countries and territories worldwide and are available on the Department of State website. As with prior reports, the 2020 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 remarks introducing the reports and in a written preface, Secretary of State Antony Blinken specifically noted violations in a number of countries, including China, Ethiopia, Russia, Syria, Uganda, Venezuela, and Yemen, among others. Blinken described Coronavirus Disease 2019 as a negative factor affecting respect for human rights globally, stating that 'autocratic governments have used [the pandemic] as a pretext to target their critics and further repress human rights.'"

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