Notes on Preparation of the Reports
Subsections "a" through "e" of the Worker Rights section (section 8) are abridged versions of section 6 in the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1999, submitted to the Committees on International Relations of the House of Representatives and on Foreign Relations of the U.S. Senate in January 1999. For a comprehensive and authoritative discussion of worker rights in each country, please refer to that report.
Subsection "f" highlights conditions of worker rights in goods-producing sectors where U.S. capital is invested. A table cites the extent of such investment by sector where information is available. The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce has supplied information on the U.S. direct investment position at the end of 1997 for all countries for which foreign direct investment has been reported to it. Readers should note that "U.S. Direct Position Abroad" is defined as "the net book value of U.S. parent companies' equity in, and net outstanding loans to, their foreign affiliates" (foreign business enterprises owned 10 percent or more by U.S. persons or companies). Where a figure is negative, the U.S. parent owes money to the affiliate. The table does not necessarily indicate total assets held in each country. In some instances, the narrative refers to investments for which figures may not appear in the table.