Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from DipNote's editorial assistant, Aaron Bruce, who captured a moment during today's live Facebook chat with Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner. During the discussion, Assistant Secretary Posner responded to questions on transitions in the Middle East and North Africa and Internet freedom, among other topics.
Assistant Secretary Posner held the chat following yesterday's release of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which the State Department has produced annually since 1977. These reports -- available at HumanRights.gov/reports and state.gov -- cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.
"These reports are more than a report card; they are a tool for lawmakers and scholars, for civil society leaders and activists. We also think they are a tool for government leaders," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during the release of the reports.
This year, the reports are easier to read online. Readers can jump directly to topics of interest with a new table of contents, gather information quickly across countries on the issues that most interest them, and share the reports on social media.
You can follow the social media engagement on the release of the 2011 Human Rights Reports on Storify.
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