Friday, April 8, 2011
Each year, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. State Department prepares and publishes Country Reports on Human Rights Practices around the world. 2010 marks the 35th anniversary of this publication. The State Department released the new Country Reports for 2010 today covering 194 countries. The full reports may be found here.
The State Department acknowledges in its introduction that the reports are already out of date in light of developments in Northern Africa and the Middle East. It also notes three important trends: the increasing influence of nongovernmental organizations, the growth of the Internet and other connective technologies and increasing violence, persecution and societal discrimination against vulnerable groups.
The report highlights positive developments in Columbia, Guinea and Indonesia, will noting backsliding in Ukraine. Countries with serious human rights concerns include Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burma, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Belarus, Russia, Bahrain, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Cuba and Venezuela.