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On April 21, 2011, Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick engaged in an online web chat discussion on the 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary Fitzpatrick, the discussion highlighted the latest trends in human rights and addressed 18 questions submitted to the web chat room by participants in 12 countries.
Assistant Secretary Posner addressed hard-hitting theoretical and practical questions: discussing the challenges of the universal human rights framework, the effects of the current budget crisis on US efforts as well as current events in Syria, Libya and Cote d’Ivoire. He also discussed U.S. participation in the Universal Periodic Review.
As Secretary Clinton said in her Remarks to the Press at the Release of the 2010 Human Rights Reports, “Societies flourish when they address human rights problems instead of suppressing them. Freedom from fear makes economies grow as citizens invest, innovate, and participate. Where human rights matter, children grow up with the precious belief that they matter, too; that they should be able to live in dignity and shape their own destinies. People everywhere deserve no less.” The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor looks forward to hosting more web chats and other dialogues with people all over the world who are interested in human rights.