2011 Human Rights Report
On May 24, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner released the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which cover the status of human rights in countries around the world.
- On May 24, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner released the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 10:30 a.m. in the Department of State Press Briefing Room. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the release of the reports the morning of May 24. She was joined by Assistant Secretary Posner. Their remarks are linked below.
- As part of the reports' release, the Department issued a fact sheet, highlighting key aspects of this year's reports, including positive developments like Tunisia's transparent and fair elections for a Constituent Assembly, and Burma's release of 200 political prisoners. The fact sheet is linked to below.
- In her remarks, Livetweeted by @StateDept, Sec. Clinton touched on supporting efforts around the world to give people a voice in their societies.
- Assistant Secretary Posner's remarks, tweeted by the Department of Human Rights and Labor, noted that 2011 was a year of dramatic changes globally.
- Assistant Secretary Posner also posted an entry to the Department's blog, DipNote, framing 2011 as a year of significant changes for human rights - some good, some not - around the world.
- Here's some of the reaction to the report:
- Following the release of the reports, Assistant Secretary Michael Posner participated in a Facebook Chat on May 25, 2012 where he answered your questions about U.S. human rights policy.
- Here are a sample of the questions posed to Assistant Sec. Posner, and his answers.
- Thank you for your question, Minyature. With Secretary Clinton's lead, we have been closely focused on the status of women and girls in Afghanistan and working with Afghan women's groups to ensure their political engagement during these transitional times. As we move toward 2014, it's critical that women have a central role in the transition process. You can view the Afghanistan report here: go.usa.gov/pHY. I'd also refer you to Secretary Clinton's speech on Women, Peace, and Security: go.usa.gov/pH2.
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