Human Rights

The promotion of human rights is a core element of U.S. foreign policy and one of the President’s four key National Security Goals. Our policy is guided by the principle, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that all people are “born free and equal in dignity and rights” and the fact that nations that embrace these values for their citizens are ultimately more successful than those that do not.

The United States works to promote human rights worldwide, including an individual’s freedom to speak their mind, assemble without fear, worship as they please, and choose their own leaders. This is accomplished by building support for democracy, rule of law, and human rights by working with other governments, nongovernmental organizations, and multilateral partners; holding governments accountable to their obligations under international human rights instruments; working within the broader UN system and through regional mechanisms to strengthen human rights monitoring and enforcement mechanisms; and supporting the leadership of emerging democracies as they assume a more active role in advancing basic human rights and democratic values on the global stage.

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