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2015 Human Rights Reports


The US Department of State recently released the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.  These reports include information on the human rights practices of nearly 200 different countries and territories.  The reports cover several important issues including Respect for Integrity of the Person; Respect for Civil Liberties; Freedom to Participate in the Political Process; Corruption and Lack of Transparency in Government; Governmental Attitude Regarding International and Nongovernmental Investigation of Alleged Violations of Human Rights; Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons; and Worker Rights.  

The US Department of State website will allow researchers to view the reports by country or region as well as build reports to compare jurisdictions on the variety of issues listed above.  Reports can be viewed and built on this website going back to 2011.  However, the Department of State has been compiling these reports for 40 years.  Earlier reports can be found on other portions of the department’s website (here and here) back to 1993.

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