Progress on human rights begins with a fundamental commitment to the dignity that is the birthright of every man, woman and child. Progress in advancing human rights begins with the facts. The United States provides a record of the state of human rights in the world to raise awareness of the progress made, the ground lost, and the work that remains.
These reports are an essential tool—for activists who courageously struggle to protect rights in communities around the world; for journalists and scholars who document rights violations and who report on the work of those who champion the vulnerable; and for governments, including our own, as they work to craft strategies to protect the human rights of more individuals in more places.
The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as 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 annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom, also known as the International Religious Freedom Report, describes the status of religious freedom, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies promoting religious freedom.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report assesses governments on their efforts to combat trafficking in persons as defined in the UN Trafficking Protocol, including conduct involved in forced labor and trafficking of adults and children for commercial sexual exploitation.
The United States Universal Period Review provides a partial snapshot of the human rights situation in the United States, shares some recent progress, and explores opportunities to make further progress. The United States submitted its report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on August 20, 2010. The report reflects input collected during an extensive program of consultations with the American public.
The Advancing Freedom and Democracy Report describes U.S. efforts to support democracy and human rights in nondemocratic countries and countries undergoing democratic transitions worldwide.
The United States periodically produces additional reports on the specific human rights situations around the world. They include: the 2010 Anti-Semitism Compendium; the 2008 Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism report; the 2006 Foreign Labor Trends Reports on Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom and India; the 2005 Report on Global Anti-Semitism; the 2001 Labor Diplomacy report; and the 2001 Report on the Taliban’s War Against Women.