Human Rights Reports
The protection of fundamental human rights was a foundation stone in the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago. Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States understands that the existence of human rights helps secure the peace, deter aggression, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies, and prevent humanitarian crises.
Because the promotion of human rights is an important national interest, the United States seeks to:
International Religious Freedom Report
The Office of International Religious Freedom has the mission of promoting religious freedom as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy. Headed by an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, its Office Director and staff monitor religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom.
Given the U.S. commitment to religious freedom, and to the international covenants that guarantee it as the inalienable right of every human being, the United States seeks to:
Country Report on Terrorism
This congressionally mandated publication -- Country Reports on Terrorism 2004 -- replaces the former Patterns of Global Terrorism report.
International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) advises the President, Secretary of State, other bureaus in the Department of State, and other departments and agencies within the U.S. Government on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. The bureau is headed by Assistant Secretary Robert B. Charles under the direction of the Under Secretary for Global Affairs.
INL programs support two of the Department's strategic goals: (1) to reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States; and (2) to minimize the impact of international crime on the United States and its citizens.
Trafficking in Persons Report
Trafficking in Persons Report is the most comprehensive report on human trafficking around the world and what governments are doing to end it. The report includes analysis of countries' efforts to combat trafficking, best practices worldwide, a summary of U.S. action to fight human trafficking at home, and new data on the scope of this tragic phenomenon.
The Trafficking in Persons Report serves as the primary diplomatic tool through which the U.S. Government encourages partnership and increased determination in the fight against forced labor and sexual exploitation.
Report on Global Anti-Semitism
A report released by the U.S. Department of State examines acts of anti-Semitism -- defined as "hatred toward Jews, individually and as a group, attributed to the Jewish religion and/or ethnicity" -- in 62 countries worldwide. The "Report on Global Anti-Semitism" also details the efforts of governments and other groups to counter anti-Semitism. The report was mandated by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-332), in response to the increase of anti-Semitic incidents since the start of the 21st century. When signing the law in October 2004, President Bush noted that "defending freedom also means disrupting the evil of anti-Semitism."
Reports by Other U.S. Government Agencies
Annual Special 301 report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
"Special 301" annual review examines in detail the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection in 87 countries. Based on a lengthy process of information gathering and analysis, the United States Trade Representative has identified 48 countries that are designated in the categories of Priority Watch List, Watch List, or Section 306 Monitoring. The Special 301 Report reflects the Administration’s resolve to take consistently strong actions under the Special 301 provisions of the Trade Act of 1974.