News: 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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The U.S. Department of State released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 yesterday. It assesses the human rights record of some 200 countries and territories. Human Rights First describes the role the reports play as follows:

“The Department of State’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, commonly known as the Human Rights Reports, index abuses and advances in terms of civil, political, and worker rights globally. The Reports are widely regarded as a powerful tool to hold human rights violators accountable and to document the progress of governments toward respecting the dignity of their citizens.”

Here are remarks from the Secretary of State and a briefing that describes how the report is compiled and takes questions from the press.

This VOA News article discusses some of the report’s highlights and notes that reproductive rights are no longer covered.

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