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U.S. Government Reports

2012 Annual Report on Human Rights

The United States takes its commitments to promoting respect for human rights seriously and views monitoring and reporting on country conditions as an important part of that commitment.

Each year, the Secretary of State submits to Congress a report on human rights conditions in countries around the globe.  The report provides a snapshot of conditions in each country and includes extensive information that often informs U.S. policymaking. 

These reports are an essential element of the U.S. effort to promote respect for human rights worldwide.  We also hope these reports will further worldwide efforts to end abuses and help strengthen the capacity of countries to protect human rights.