Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Human Rights report

The U.S. Department of State has released the Human Rights report for 2006. This report looks at the human rights record in the past year for 196 countries. This report is submitted annually to Congress (see past reports online).

Want to know who is covered? The law (Foreign Assistance Act of 1961) states that the Department of State must submit "a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." In other words, it is all countries who receive funding for human rights projects and all the members of the United Nations.

Want some analysis of this year's report? The Washington Post has an article "State Dept. Human Rights Report Faults China's Curbs on Internet." You could also listen to a report on NPR focusing on the plight of Non-Governmental Organizations "Rights Report Focuses on Plight of NGOs."

Want more information on human rights? Check out the library's guide.

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