Thursday, July 13, 2017
During the Obama administration, humanrights.gov served as a one-stop site to find US government statements and official documents involving both domestic and international US human rights initiatives. The stand-alone web address signaled that human rights was a significant focus of the administration's attention, and it increased awareness and transparency of US human rights stances.
Others may have noticed that since January 20, the site has been sluggish in responding and that the postings have slowed down considerably. Some content that was once on the site -- such as the US implementation plan for the 2010 UPR review -- has disappeared completely. Now we learn that on August 1, the remaining contents of the site will migrate to state.gov and Humanrights.gov will be no more. The new site is the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, headed by Virginia Bennett, Acting Assistant Secretary. It appears that the Humanrights@state twitter feed will continue, as will the Bureau's facebook page. Here's the complete announcement:
"Starting on August 1, 2017, you can find all U.S.-government related human rights content at state.gov/j/drl/. You can also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stateDRL/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/State_DRL)."