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Released: the 2013 Human Rights Reports

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.



Acting Assistant Secretary Uzra Zeya giving remarks at the 2013 Human Rights Report rollout at the U.S. Department of State February 27, 2014

President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama
“…Human rights cannot be disconnected from other priorities. They are inextricably linked with all of the goals we strive for in our countries and around the world.”
Secretary of State John KerrySecretary of State John Kerry “Differences of religion or race, of creed or culture, of homeland or sexual orientation…ought to be celebrated for enriching our societies.”

“…the duty we have is an urgent and active one: to confront evil, to defend truth, to unite in the face of threats to human dignity, and to strive to stop any who would abuse their neighbors.”
- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power – January 23, 2014

“We must constantly question and challenge ourselves to be on the right side of history—to do our part so that more and more of our fellow human beings can enjoy the rights and freedoms, which are the birthright of all mankind.”
- National Security Advisor Susan Rice – December 4, 2013

“The ability to be able to help people to make peaceful transitions and to move their economies to open, accountable economies that engage with the rest of the world makes a world of difference to the lives of people in that country and everybody around them.”
- Secretary Kerry Remarks on Democracy Building to a Foreign Policy Classroom – February 17, 2013

“Only when we started focusing on victims, not just as potential witnesses but as survivors, human beings entitled to respect and dignity, that’s when we started to provide people with a greater measure of justice.”- Secretary Kerry at the Release of the Annual Trafficking in Persons Reports – June 19, 2013

“We know that the intolerance towards LGBT brothers and sisters fades with each passing generation. And it is with a belief in our common humanity, in the fundamental worth of every human being, that we have to keep moving forward towards our goal of shared justice and equality here in our country and around the world.”- Secretary Kerry at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) Pride Event


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