2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Human Rights Reports 2014

June 25, 2014

Just Released: 2014 Human Rights Report

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices — the Human Rights Reports — document the human rights situation in 199 countries and regions around the world, recognizing individual, civil, political, and workers 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.

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President Barack Obama
It is citizens who throughout history have sparked all the great change and progress. . . When people are free to speak their minds and hold their leaders accountable, governments are more responsive and more effective.
Secretary of State Kerry
Governments that protect human rights and are accountable to their citizens are more secure, bolster international peace and security, and enjoy shared prosperity with stable democratic countries around the world.

“Human rights are a set of rules that define the relationship between people and their governments in a way that squares with the natural demands of human dignity . . . International order depends not just on the balance of power between states but the balance within them”

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski – December 9, 2014

“When governments repress fundamental freedoms and universal human rights, international investment can falter because this repression is a sign of societal fissures that can lead to instability and violence. This is also true when governments stifle civil society organizations that provide checks and balances on corruption and increase government accountability.”

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Steven Feldstein – May 20, 2015

“Advancing equality is both morally right and smart strategy.  If we reduce disparities, which can lead to instability and violence, we increase our shared security.  Reams of empirical evidence demonstrate how countries do better—across every metric—when they tap the talents of all their people.  So, we champion the rights of vulnerable communities—those targeted by abuse or excluded from society—and counter escalating cycles of hatred that can spark violence.”

National Security Advisor Susan Rice – February 6, 2015

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