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Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2005 - 2006
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

This report is submitted to the Congress by the Department of State in compliance with Section 665 of P.L. 107-228, the Fiscal Year 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which requires the Department to report on actions taken by the U.S. Government to encourage respect for human rights. This fourth annual submission complements the longstanding Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005, and takes the next step, moving from highlighting abuses to reporting the actions and programs the United States has employed to end those abuses.

Unlike the 196 Country Reports, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2005-2006 highlights U.S. efforts to promote human rights and democracy in only 95 countries and entities ? those facing the most serious human rights challenges. References to Hong Kong and Tibet have been incorporated into the China report. To make this report consistent with the criteria in the legislation, this year's report also deletes a number of countries: Albania, Argentina, and Macedonia.

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2005-2006

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2005-2006

Within the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the editorial staff of the report consists of: Editor in Chief ? Oscar DeSoto; Senior Editorial Advisors ? Barry F. Lowenkron, Jonathan Farrar, Erica Barks- Ruggles, Jeffrey Krilla, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Lynne Davidson; Deputy Editor in Chief and Producer ? Kari Johnstone; Senior Producer ? Sally I. Buikema; Senior Editors and Deputy Producers ? Pamela Erickson, Amy Schmisseur, Rana Siu; Senior Editors: Meghan Brown, Jerome Hoganson, Ann Marie Jackson, Sandra Murphy, Julie Turner; Editors ? Kent Brokenshire, Elise Carlson, Samuel Chang, Cheryl Clayton, Jeannette Davis, Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Saba Ghori, Karen Gilbride, David Goldberg, Vanessa Golding, Patrick Harvey, Kathleen Kerr, Catherine Kuchta-Helbling, Michael Michener, Jennie Munoz, Thy Nguyen, Meagan Oates, Michael Orona, Susan O?Sullivan, Sarah Fox Ozkan, Wendy B. Silverman, Nicole Wilett; Editorial Assistants ? Joseph Barghout, Philip Barth, Steven Brattain, Kara Cumberland, Kendra Davis, Douglas Dearborn, Victor Huser, Michael Mates, Julietta Noyes, Gianni Paz, LeRoy G. Potts, Vitessa Del Prete, Sarah Ryman, Deborah Schneider, James Todd; Public and Congressional Affairs Officers and Assistants ? Elyse Bauer, Carol Finerty, Camille Goldberg, Eunice Johnson, Sarah Lohmann, Jeremy Moon, Sam Porter; Publication and Technical Officers ? Patricia Adams, Roberta Mather, and for the Bureau of Public Affairs, Janice Clark and Monica Roll.

will be used as a resource for shaping policy, conducting diplomacy and making assistance, training, and other resource allocations. It will also serve as a basis for the U.S. Government's cooperation with private groups to promote the observance of internationally recognized human rights and democracy. As United States officials consider how best to advance the President's foreign policy goals, they adhere to relevant legislation. A list of significant legislation can be found at
reflects the dedicated effort of hundreds of officials from State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and other U.S. Government agencies, as well as the employees of numerous NGOs. U.S. Embassies and Consulates prepared the initial drafts of the reports. After the posts completed their drafts, the texts were sent to Washington for careful review by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, in cooperation with other State Department bureaus and offices, and other Federal Departments and Agencies. As they worked to analyze and edit the reports, Department officers drew on their own knowledge of U.S. Government programs and activities.

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