The 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

April 8, 2011
HumanRights.Gov Website

This marks the 35th year that the State Department has produced the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices covering 194 countries. The U.S. government compiles the human rights report, not just because we have to, but because we believe it is imperative for countries, including our own, to ensure that respect for human rights is an integral component of foreign policy.

The 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices provide a wealth of detail on human rights conditions around the world. It is worth noting that because we are publishing this report four months into 2011, our perspectives on many issues are now framed by the dramatic changes sweeping across countries in the Middle East in 2011. Historians will have the benefit of time and perspective to help understand what triggered these popular movements, but it is clear three trends clearly contributed to their development and to other changes that occurred throughout the world in 2010.

The first is the explosive growth of non-governmental advocacy organizations focused on a wide range of democracy and human rights issues and causes. A second notable trend is the dramatic growth of the Internet, mobile phones, and other connective technologies that allow instantaneous communications to billions of people across the globe. A third development is the continuing rise of violence, persecution, and official and societal discrimination of members of vulnerable groups, often racial, religious, or ethnic minorities or disempowered majorities. Further information on all three of these trends is more fully documented in the Introduction to this year's reports, as well as in specific country reports.

This year, in addition to the country reports, we are very pleased to introduce a new website, is the official U.S. government website for international human rights related information. While the country reports provide an overview of a year's worth of events, the website contains current news, as well as an archive of reports, press releases, statements, articles and briefings issued by the Federal government. We welcome your comments on how the site can be improved and grow in the months ahead.



District Of Columbia, USA
April 8, 2011

Anna in Washington, DC writes:

I am interested to see what happens with Thank you for sharing this info and for the work you do.

Maksim M.
April 11, 2011

Maksim in Russia writes:

Before you get into the foreign affairs, would be sorted out with their own affairs.

April 11, 2011

James O. in Cameroon writes:

Criticism is the act of criticising someone who has done wrong. I saw on BBC WEBSITE on China criticising the United States Of America. It said that the U.S should stop using human rights as a way to intervened in other countires affairs.

The Chinese should know that the Americans are the only superpower in the world.

They are the only world police in free and fair. The Chinese should look what is going on around the world ranging from bad governance,tyrannism,dictatorship,oppression to terrorism.They should know that this world is in great danger.

Everybody does what he or she likes and say nobody is watching me.The world is in brink of another world-war.If it is not for the United States of America the whole world would have been fighting another world-war.

The chinese should always learn to appreciate the Americans and get heed to their call for the respect of human rights in their country.They stop human rights abuses.

They should know that without the United States of America the world will become a war worse zone. Americans should ride on with their human rights affairs throughout the whole -world. May God bless the United States Of America.


United States
April 11, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

I think there is nothing wrong with the US government judging human rights in other countries, as long as it judges itself and places itself near the bottom of the list where it belongs.

There is no reason why Burma, Somalia, or Rwanda, could not also judge human rights and issue their reports, along with Amnesty International and the U.N. It's all good, as long as it is true and they judge themselves and their own governance with the same standards by which they judge others.

There is no particular reason why Iran couldn't issue it's own report on human rights, or for that matter, Kim Jong-il.

The key issue is what standards to use. What is a human rights violation?

Does it matter whether a government tortures people to death, starves them to death, or taxes them to death?

Which nation has the unblemished record sufficient to set standards for the rest of the world?

Is there one standard to fit all nations? Or do we consider their cultural history as well?

Should states such as Nevada or California be rated individually, since they have separate governments?

Were the needless deaths at Waco, Texas, a human rights violation of Texas or the U.S. government? Are the U.N. peacekeeper rapes a human rights violation for the U.N. or the countries which supplied the peacekeepers?

Are not asset seizures as offensive to human rights as seizures of land or people?

At what percentage of income do federal taxes become human slavery?

When do military tribunals for civilian prisoners become de facto martial law?

Has our street-theater security nonsense at the airports reached the point of a human rights violation?

How about the slow-kill poisoning of fluoride in our drinking water?

What about the illegal war in Libya that we entered without a Declaration of War from Congress?

What was Abu Ghraib if not a human rights violation?

When will the State Department honestly rate our government and list it accurately on their own report?

South Korea
April 12, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Thank you for showing interest in the meantime.


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