Annual Country Reports on Human Rights

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 11, 2010

Today, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks to the press on the release of the 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Secretary Clinton said:

"The idea of human rights begins with a fundamental commitment to the dignity that is the birthright of every man, woman and child. Progress in advancing human rights begins with the facts. And for the last 34 years, the United States has produced the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, providing the most comprehensive record available of the condition of human rights around the world.

"These reports are an essential tool " for activists who courageously struggle to protect rights in communities around the world; for journalists and scholars who document rights violations and who report on the work of those who champion the vulnerable; and for governments, including our own, as they work to craft strategies to encourage protection of human rights of more individuals in more places.

"The principle that each person possesses equal moral value is a simple, self-evident truth, but securing a world in which all can exercise the rights that are naturally theirs is an immense practical challenge. To craft effective human rights policy, we need good assessments of the situation on the ground in the places we want to make a difference. We need a sophisticated, strategic understanding of how democratic governance and economic development can each contribute to creating an environment in which human rights are secured. We need to recognize that rights-protecting democracy and rights-respecting development reinforce each other. And we need the right tools and the right partners to implement the right policies."

The Secretary continued, "Human rights may be timeless, but our efforts to protect them must be grounded in the here and now. We find ourselves in a moment when an increasing number of governments are imposing new and crippling restrictions on the nongovernmental organizations working to protect rights and enhance accountability.

"New technologies have proven useful both to oppressors and to those who struggle to expose the failures and the cowardice of the oppressors. And global challenges of our time -- like food security and climate change; pandemic disease; economic crises; and violent extremism -- impact the enjoyment of human rights today, and shape the global political context in which we must advance human rights over the long term.

"Human rights are universal, but their experience is local. This is why we are committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves. This year, the United States is participating in the Universal Periodic Review process in conjunction with our participation in the UN Human Rights Council. In the fall, we will present a report, based on the input of citizens and NGOs, gathered online and in face-to-face meetings across the country attended by senior government officials. Assessing opportunities for progress and soliciting citizen engagement is one way that we demonstrate our commitment in word and deed to the basic principles that guide us toward a more perfect union and a more peaceful world.

"As we work to protect human rights at home and abroad, we remember that human rights begin, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, 'in small places close to home.' So when we work to secure human rights, we are working to protect the experiences that make life meaningful, to preserve each person's ability to fulfill his or her God-given potential -- the potential within every person to learn, discover and embrace the world around them; the potential to join freely with others to shape their communities and their societies so that every person can find fulfillment and self-sufficiency; the potential to share life's beauties and tragedies, laughter and tears with the people they love."

The Secretary concluded, "The reports released today are a record of where we are. They provide a fact base that will inform the United States' diplomatic, economic and strategic policies toward other countries in the coming year. These reports are not intended to prescribe such policies, but they provide essential data points for everyone in the United States Government working on them. I view the these reports not as ends in themselves, but as an important tool in the development of practical and effective human rights strategies by the United States Government. That is a process to which I am deeply committed.

"The timeless principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are a North Star guiding us toward the world we want to inhabit -- a just world where, as President Obama has put it, peace rests on the 'inherent rights and dignity of every individual.' With the facts in hand and the goals clear in our heads and our hearts, we recommit ourselves to continue the hard work of making human rights a human reality."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.



New York, USA
March 11, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Synergies in strengthening Global Human Rights ......

All the stars seem to be moving to alignment for global human rights advancements. The new UN Council, the DoS emphasis on holding up a mirror on US Rights, the recognition of government/military complicity in violations, and repression of NGO Advocacy efforts....and the explosion of internet forms for real-time info/image sharing. The challenges and opportunities are breathtaking.

March 12, 2010

Neide in Brazil writes:

Honorable Mrs. For me I live in a country where human rights and a just sentence. Now I'm afraid that Brazil has a dictator regime. Why is this going to happen if Dilma win the elections that will be in October.
Mrs. and an angel of peace!

thank you. God bless

March 12, 2010

Neide in Brazil writes:

I am brasilian

You are beautiful woman.

United Kingdom
March 16, 2010

David in United Kingdom writes:

Is this report includes other countries not in Europe?

District Of Columbia, USA
April 29, 2010

Jrosch in Washington writes:

The Disabled Out- here

Some are small with songs yet unsung.
Some are parents protecting thier young.
Some are elder, frail and alone.
Some we've abandoned, no place to call home.

Some are being beating,forsaken and used.
Some are trying harder and harder refused.
Some can stand and yes,thus they do.
To stand for justice and the dignity were all due.

Alone in dark allies
Hiding in boarded up houses
There lie a few.
Who gave life thier best !
Thier best to be true.

The Police..?
They have dragged the small and the lame.
It's not only abroad. At home it's the same.
The Americian idol. An enforcer of law.
Not only as wittness, there was more to endure.

The brutes they did hover. Thier great stature implored!
Above the small women cowered onto the floor.
Thier rude and thier crudness so loudly exclamed.
"You must never get up!""You must always refrain".
"We care not for truth.., you're disabled? huh,more like " insane.""So, don't call us to help you! And your child here? The same.""For your kind? We've decided. A "distraction" we'd claim.

So, your saftys'been compromised with
threats of malious and mame.
Well, don't look at us!
I'm sure your to blame.
So,report this? Not so! Were too busy ya see
For your Americian Justice,human rights or liberty....
....or what ever that was about the seventeen seventies.....

Pennsylvania, USA
December 17, 2010

Royci in Pennsylvania writes:

I think this report is only for countries in Europe.


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