On Wednesday, April 13th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks in Washington, D.C. on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (HRRs). The Secretary of State is required by law to provide to Congress every year, “a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights.” In accordance with this mandate, the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices — the Human Rights Reports — describe the status in countries around the world of internationally recognized human rights, including reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
These reports provide information that helps the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch, and Courts in making decisions where accurate information on human rights conditions is critical. It also supports the work of human rights advocates, lawmakers, scholars, multilateral institutions, and other governments.
More information about our engagement on human rights is available at www.HumanRights.gov.