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National Interest: Democracy

Strategic Goal 12: Democracy and Human Rights
A worldwide community of democracies where human rights, including worker rights,
and religious freedom are universally respected.

STRATEGIC GOAL OVERVIEW/PUBLIC BENEFIT

Democracy and human rights, central components of U.S. foreign policy, continue to enjoy wide support among Americans. Beyond idealistic appeal, the U.S. commitment to freedom tangibly advances America's interests. Stable, consolidated democracies that respect the human rights of their citizens are more likely to be prosperous, enjoy peaceful relations with their neighbors and with the United States, and be free from terrorism. The Department provides support for countries in transition, defends democracies under attack, and strengthens the network of established democracies. Departmental efforts to promote democracy and human rights contribute to a safer world in which Americans can live and prosper.

[Text version of a photo: Assistant Secretary Craner speaking at a podium. Caption/credit reads: "Lorne W. Craner, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, briefs the press corps on March 4, 2002, upon the release of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. State Department photo by Mike Gross."]


STRATEGIC GOAL SUMMARY OF RESULTS ACHIEVED
Four Annual Goal and Fifteen Targets Represented
Four Annual Goals Represented
Number of Targets
Significantly Below Target
Slightly Below Target
On Target
Above Target
Significantly Above Target
No 2002 Data Available
TOTAL
15
4
6
4
0
0
1
Percent of Total
100%
27%
40%
27%
0%
0%
6%

Annual Performance Goal 1
New democracies move toward political and economic stability; authoritarian regimes carry out liberalizations

The Department strives to encourage foreign countries to move beyond formal elections by instituting authentic and fundamental respect for democracy and human rights.

SUMMARY OF KEY RESULTS AND IMPACT

The Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF) has committed $11.4 million for fifty-nine active projects. Although the goal was $30 million, the HRDF nevertheless enabled the Department to support projects that strengthen the rule of law, promote free and fair elections, and build religious tolerance. The Department crafted new approaches to democracy in the Middle East, Central Asia, and China, with HRDF projects carefully integrated into larger initiatives.

PERFORMANCE RESULTS BY INDICATOR AND TARGET

SIZE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY FUND
Target
Result
Rating
$30 million
$11.4 million; projects prioritized with a focus on independent media
in Central Asia and civil society in Muslim-majority countries.
Slightly Below
Target
TRAINING FOR STATE DEPARTMENT AND USAID OFFICERS
WORKING ON DEMOCRACY
Initial Target
Result
Rating
Presentations in Ambassador and DCM courses.
Undersecretary for Global Affairs spoke at the Ambassadors' Seminars;
democracy and human rights was part of the presentation.
On Target
UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS ON THE RIGHT TO DEMOCRACY
Initial Target
Revised Target 2
Result
Rating
United Nations
begins negotiations
on draft declaration.
UNCHR begins negotiations on
draft declaration and UN General
Assembly passes resolution.
No progress; U.S. was not a member of the UNCHR in
2002 but was re-elected as member for 2003.
Significantly Below
Target
COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES (CD)
Initial Target
Result
Rating
Follow-up CD ministerial takes place in Seoul.
Follow-up CD ministerial took place in Seoul. On Target
2 Target language modified slightly but is substantially consistent; reported "Result" corresponds to Revised Target as shown.

Annual Performance Goal 2
Greater respect for human rights around the world

Authentic and fundamental respect for democracy and human rights includes the full spectrum of political and civil rights; a free economic sector; protection for minorities, women, workers, and other groups; an independent media; rule of law; and freedom of conscience.

SUMMARY OF KEY RESULTS AND IMPACT

The Department developed improved Leahy Amendment implementation guidance for all posts. More stringent compliance with this amendment prevents gross human rights violators from receiving U.S.-sponsored training or funding.

Measures to advance respect for human rights are not limited to sanctions and restrictions. Proactive advocacy, including bilateral dialogues, articularly with China, results in political and legal reform. In Central Asia, steps were taken towards expanding room for political opposition groups, human rights monitors, and independent media.

The Department conducted five presentations on combating trafficking in persons (TIP) at Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission courses, increasing understanding of TIP as one of the Department's priorities.

[Text version of a photo: Woman holding a poster. Caption/credit reads: "An activist from the Center for Women and Children Study, a non-government organization (NGO), holds an anti-trafficking poster as demonstrators form a human chain to observe International Human Rights Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 10, 2001. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad."]

PERFORMANCE RESULTS BY INDICATOR AND TARGET

ENHANCED TRAINING FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
ON COMBATING TRAFFICKING 2
Target
Result
Rating
Presentations in Ambassador and
DCM courses.

Conducted five presentations at these courses, explaining USG efforts
on Trafficking in Persons (TIP).
On Target
ANTI - TRAFFICKING PROTOCOL TO THE CRIME CONVENTION
Target
Result
Rating
U.S. ratifies anti-trafficking protocol. Protocol has not been submitted to Congress for ratification Slightly Below Target
INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF REPORTING ON TRAFFICKING
Target
Result
Rating
Congress concludes that no additional global report necessary
because issues have been solved.
No conclusion has been reached. Slightly Below Target
LEAHY AMENDMENT LIMITS ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE
Initial Target
Revised Target 2
Result
Rating
100% compliance with Leahy.
Department working with 100% of
posts to implement procedures.
While implementation was not
uniform, 100% of posts are working
to comply; worldwide quantitative
analysis not currently possible.
On Target
COUNTRY - SPECIFIC RESOLUTIONS AT THE UNITED NATIONS
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (UNCHR)
Target
Result
Rating
Commission stops using no-action motion.

No data available.


U.S. was not a member of the UNCHR in 2002, but was re-elected as
member for 2003.

No Data Available

2 Target language modified slightly but is sunstantially consistent; reported "Result"corresponds to Revised Target as shown.

Annual Performance Goal 3
Greater observation and protection of worker rights; reduction of child labor; elimination of sweatshops producing goods for the U.S. market

SUMMARY OF KEY RESULTS AND IMPACT

The USG Anti-Sweatshop Initiative received $4 million in funding in 2002. Although short of the targeted $7 million, the initiative has made notable progress working with NGOs, governments, and private enterprise to eliminate sweatshop conditions in thirty countries.

WORK OF SECRETARY'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LABOR DIPLOMACY (ACLD)
Target
Result
Rating
New recommendations issued and implemented.
Nine recommendations issued, of which, three implemented, one approved and five still under consideration.
Slightly Below Target
FUNDING OF U.S. GOVERNMENT ANTI-SWEATSHOP INITIATIVE
Target
Result
Rating
$7 million $4 million Slightly Below Target
U.S. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ON THE
ELIMINATION OF CHILD LABOR (IPEC)INITIAL TARGET
Initial Target
Revised Target
Result
Rating
USG provides:

$45 million to support IPEC

$55 million to support USAID education programs.
Labor code changes in Russia; China promotes autonomous trade unions and advances worker rights. World Bank effectively implements U.S.-sponsored provisions of fund replenishments to incorporate respect for worker rights in its country assistance strategies.

No progress made. Other priorities prevented further progress. Significantly Below Target

Annual Performance Goal 4
Worldwide acceptance of freedom of religion and conscience

SUMMARY OF KEY RESULTS AND IMPACT

The projected benefits from conferences, increasing knowledge of religious freedom concerns in various countries, and of the role of religious freedom concerns in U.S. foreign policy, were not obtained. This performance shortfall occurred because the new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom was appointed later than expected.

Programs in Indonesia and Lebanon were intended to promote religious acceptance. Although Druze-Christian reconciliation was facilitated in three Lebanese villages, lack of funding prevented the establishment of a similar intercommunal program in Indonesia, where sectarian violence has continued.

PERFORMANCE RESULTS BY INDICATOR AND TARGET

STATE DEPARTMENT-WIDE AWARENESS OF U.S. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM POLICY
Target
Result
Rating
Three conferences convened.
No conferences held.
Significantly Below Target
FOREIGN ASSISTANCE PROGRAMMING
Initial Target
Revised Target 1
Result
Rating
USAID begins funding IRF-related
programming
Reconciliation program in Lebanon
brings results; additional program
begins in Indonesia.

Druze-Christian reconciliation was facilitated in three villages in Lebanon. Funding shortages prevented the establishment of reconciliation programs in Indonesia. Slightly Below Target
OUTREACH TO FAITH - BASED COMMUNITIES
Target
Result
Rating
New outreach programs established

No programs established.


This performance shortfall occurred because the new Ambassadorat- Large for International Religious Freedom was appointed later than expected.


Significantly Below Target
1 Target was modified; activities related to achieving both initial and revised targets were undertaken. "Result" reported for both sets of targets.

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