U.S. Department of State
April 13, 2016
The United States released its 2015 Human Rights Reports today. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.
In remarks to the press, Secretary Kerry discussed the reports and stressed the universality of the standards applied in the compiling of the reports, as well as the norms referred to in the document. “They’re not some arbitrary standard of the United States, which we seek to impose on people. These are universal standards of human rights that have been adopted and accepted and are agreed to by most nations in the world, and even some nations that have agreed to them but violate them. These are the international standards,” he urged. – Read more –
For more information:
- Read Secretary Kerry’s full remarks during the release of the 2015 Human Rights Reports.
- View the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015.
- Assistant Secretary Malinowski On-the-Record-Briefing