Welcome to HumanRights.gov

What it is:

HumanRights.gov is the official United States Government (USG) website for international human rights related information. The site’s search function links users directly with news, reports and explanatory information from the State Department and other USG partners, allowing for easy access to publicly available documents. We provide a one-stop site for researching the USG’s involvement in international human rights.

The site was designed in the letter and spirit of President Barack Obama’s Open Government Directive issued in January 2009, requiring federal agencies to take specific steps to achieve key milestones in transparency, participation, and collaboration.

HumanRights.gov is designed to ensure all functionality and all content are accessible to all. The site is routinely tested for compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act using a technical standards check-list, in-depth testing with screen readers, policy experts, and persons with disabilities. In addition, the site is also routinely reviewed for alignment with the latest Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines for W3C. The Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines define how browsers, media players, and other “user agents” support people with disabilities and work assistive technologies.

What you’ll find:

HumanRights.gov contains an easily searchable database of human rights related press releases, statements, interviews and reports. You can find what you’re looking for by entering a query into the search bar, or by clicking on the “news” and “reports” buttons. Be sure to check out our “Hot Topics” section find out more about areas and issues the U.S. Government is closely following in the world right now.

For more information regarding human rights, explore our “References” section. It has useful links to international human rights agreements, treaties and declarations, and a section on U.S. human rights documents and speeches.

HumanRights.gov is celebrating the release of the 2010 Human Rights Reports! You can find them here. For more information, check out Secretary Clinton’s remarks to the press at the release of the 2010 Human Rights Reports.

What’s coming soon:

We grow the amount of human rights specific content available on HumanRights.gov every day. Our content is primarily from 2009 to the present, but we are working to build our archives with relevant information from years past, while staying current with the latest news.

Check back often to see the new ways HumanRights.gov is spreading word about the work the U.S. does every day to protect and defend   the  rights of people around the world.


1)      Do the Hot Topics change?

A: Yes. As human rights issues arise, HumanRights.gov will cover them. Just because something is not a Hot Topic right now, does not mean we will not cover it in the future.

2)      I want to share this site using social media. Can I do that?

A: Yes. We have integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, RSS and GoogleReader. We are building in support for additional social media applications.

3)      I don’t see any links to NGOs on your site. Why not?

A: We value our relationships with our NGO partners, but we are focused on sharing the good work the U.S. Government does in protecting the universal rights of every person.

4)      I have feedback / This item should be on your website! How can I contact you?

A: Contact us here.

5)      Why don’t you report on the United States?

A: While we focus on international human rights issues, we’re aware that the United States faces domestic challenges. For more information on the human rights situation in the United States, reference the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States. You can also visit the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Disclaimer: The Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, of the U.S. Department of State manages this site as a portal for international human rights related information from the United States Government. External links to other internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.