Global Human Rights: The Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [Updated April 14, 2022]   [open pdf - 727KB]

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 civil, political, and worker rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights agreements. [...] In the early reports, there was concern within the State Department about publicly characterizing the human rights conditions in other countries, particularly that of U.S. allies. The first reports were criticized for being biased and thin on substance. Over time, with improvements in the breadth, quality, and accuracy of the reports, many observers have come to recognize them as authoritative. At the same time, countries whose human rights conditions are criticized in the reports often publicly defend their record and/or dismiss the reports as biased. [...] Topics that now receive increased coverage include, for example, press and internet freedoms, corruption and government transparency, and human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, the reports now reference separate congressionally mandated reports on international religious freedom (IRF) and trafficking in persons (TIP)."

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