Washington DC, 22 March 2023 (TDI): The United States (US) Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, recently released the 47th annual Human Rights Report, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to promoting and protecting human rights worldwide.

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as the report, provides comprehensive coverage of internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.

The report is compiled by the US Department of State, with contributions from its employees in Washington DC and overseas missions around the world.

The reports are meticulously researched and based on credible information from a variety of sources, including US embassies and consulates abroad, foreign government officials, nongovernmental and international organizations, jurists and legal experts, journalists, academics, human rights defenders, and labor activists.

Each report focuses on the practices of a specific country during the calendar year, in light of international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The reports highlight significant violations and abuses, some of which are appalling in their scale and severity.

For example, one of the most significant human rights violations documented in the 2022 report is Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, which began in February 2022.

The war has resulted in massive death and destruction, with reports of members of Russia’s forces committing war crimes and other atrocities.

The report also documents the Iranian regime’s violent crackdown on peaceful protests, as well as China’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang province.

In addition, the report covers the military regime’s continued use of violence in Burma, the Taliban’s oppressive measures against women and girls in Afghanistan, and the condemnation of peaceful protestors in authoritarian governments such as Cuba, Belarus, and Venezuela.

Furthermore, the report underscores the compounding impacts of human rights violations and abuses on marginalized communities, suffering disproportionately from global challenges such as economic inequality, climate change, migration, and food insecurity.

In line with President Biden’s Executive Order, the 2022 country reports specifically include enhanced reporting on so-called conversion “therapy” practices.

These are forced or involuntary efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, as well as additional reporting on the performance of unnecessary surgeries on intersex persons.

In line with President Biden’s Executive Order, the 2022 country reports include enhanced reporting on conversion “therapy” practices and unnecessary surgeries on intersex persons.

Secretary Blinken noted that democracy, human rights, and labor rights are mutually reinforcing, and support for democratic renewal is essential to promoting these rights.

As part of this effort, President Biden will co-host the second Summit for Democracy with the Governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Zambia on March 29-30, 2023, to address threats to democracy and promote human rights.

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