Thursday, March 11, 2010
The United States State Department is scheduled to release its 2009 Country Report on Human Rights Practices later today. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. to announce the release. The full text of the report will be available for downloading from the State Department web site at: www.state.gov as soon as possible after the briefing on March 11. The press briefing itself will be available via live video streaming on the state.gov web site as well. The U.S. State Department is required by law to prepare and submit the Country Report on Human Rights Practices to the U.S. Congress on an annual basis. The Country Report is to provide a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights including individual civil, political, and workers' rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The reports are often used by Congress in making decisions about foreign aid and as evidence of persecution in asylum cases in the United States.