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April 25, 2006

The Ameriican Push For Human Rights And Democracy

Topics: Liberty

The U.S. Department of State has published "Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2003-2004" in compliance with the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act that requires the Department to report on actions taken by the U.S. Government to encourage respect for human rights. If you are a freedomist, as I am, it is a fascinating read. It reveals much activity on human rights and democratization of which I was unaware, and profoundly happy to see being done.

Of course, all such publications by a government agency have to be approached with caution. Bureaucracies will be bureaucracies, you know. The question is then where to look for an honest and probing review of the report. I look to Freedom House, which has been active in promoting democracy, and has a team of country experts that do their country freedom ratings. So, here is their review, in the format of a press release:

Annual Democracy Report an Improvement This Year

Freedom House noted with interest the just-released report, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2005 - 2006, issued by the Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The report is an improvement over previous iterations, but it still lacks a sense of clear U.S. strategy towards the expansion of freedom around the world, Freedom House said today.

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Posted by Rudy at April 25, 2006 10:00 AM



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