Photo of the Week: Discussing Human Rights

Posted by Luke Forgerson
May 26, 2012
Assistant Secretary Posner Holds a Facebook Chat

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 and -- 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.

Related Content: The 2011 Human Rights Reports -- Recording a Year of Transition



West Virginia, USA
May 27, 2012

Pam in West Virginia writes:

Wonderful to interact live with members of the State Department

South Korea
May 27, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Afghans returning from the soldiers, in order to fit into society required a lot of time is reasonable to assume that. Rather than a simple tour of duty, war, especially guerrilla wars against people. People who suffer from nightmares at night ...... I think is

The point is, to send troops to Sudan, Sudan, resolve disputes, and Africa 1-3 years, a new development based on the assumption that countries in Africa to create the foundation for development plans to think. In the current situation, AIDS or food for all efforts to solve the problem, you think that is likely to fail.

Strong and fair enforcement of the authorities to be run in Africa, our precious taxes and donations, in reality, likely to succeed is likely to exceed 60 percent think higher.

Corruption and incompetence established by followers of dictators and tyrants think that will prevent the rich from having to make. Every effort is appropriate for our results


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