Thursday, February 26, 2009

State Dep't Report on Human Rights Practices

The 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices has just been published by the U.S. Department of State.

The year just ended was characterized by three trends: a growing worldwide demand for greater personal and political freedom, governmental efforts to push back on those freedoms, and further confirmation that human rights flourish best in participatory democracies with vibrant civil societies.

This report, like its predecessors, is organized by part of the world and then by country. It "cover[s] internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

Published since 1979, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are available in print in the Law Library: JC571 .U48 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks and on the State Department website since 1999.

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