Thursday, March 11, 2010

Remarks to the Press on the Release of the 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

I looked at parts of the report it appears to have some good information. -Courtney


Hillary Rodham ClintonSecretary of State
Washington, DC
March 11, 2010
Every year, the Secretary of State hosts a briefing like this one. And while in that sense it may seem routine, this event is extraordinary because of its connection to who we are as a country and to the universal aspirations we seek to make real through our foreign policy.
The idea of human rights begins with a fundamental commitment to the dignity that is the birthright of every man, woman and child. Progress in advancing human rights begins with the facts. And for the last 34 years, the United States has produced the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, providing the most comprehensive record available of the condition of human rights around the world.
These reports are an essential tool – for activists who courageously struggle to protect rights in communities around the world; for journalists and scholars who document rights violations and who report on the work of those who champion the vulnerable; and for governments, including our own, as they work to craft strategies to encourage protection of human rights of more individuals in more places.
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/03/138241.htm
and here is the link to an article that discusses the remarks
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35820074/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

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