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Cover Banner from the Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2007. Photos: woman puts a ballot in a ballot box in Goma, Congo; woman rides a bicycle past protesters in Tokyo, Japan; UN

"The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

President George W. Bush
Inaugural Speech
January 20, 2005

Promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights around the world are central to U.S. foreign policy. The values captured in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other global and regional commitments are consistent with the values upon which the United States was founded centuries ago. The United States supports those persons who long to live in freedom and under democratic governments that protect universally accepted human rights. The United States uses a wide range of tools to advance a freedom agenda, including bilateral diplomacy, multilateral engagement, foreign assistance, reporting and public outreach, and economic sanctions. The United States is committed to working with democratic partners, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and engaged citizens to support those seeking freedom.

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, headed by Assistant Secretary David J. Kramer, leads the U.S. efforts to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally.


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In Zimbabwe, No End To Suffering
Date: 11/19/2008 Description: Raw sewage flows though Harare In violation of both the September 15 power-sharing agreement between political parties and the will of the Zimbabwean people as expressed in the March 29 elections, Zimbabwe remains without a legitimate government, causing further suffering to its people. Fact Sheet

International Human Rights Day Awards Ceremony
Date: 12/08/2008 Description: Secretary Rice speaks at the 2008 International Human Rights Day Awards Ceremony.  State Dept PhotoSecretary Rice (Dec. 8): "This week, we are joining in solidarity with human rights defenders across the globe in marking the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ... [T]he Declaration speaks directly to the desire inherent in every human heart for freedom." Full Text | Dec. 9 Presidential Proclamation | Dec. 10 Press Statement

Holodomor Memorial
Assistant Secretary Kramer's remarks at the Ukrainian Embassy event.

2008 Report on International Religious Freedom
2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2006
2008 Country Reports on Advancing Freedom and Democracy

Ambassadorial Roundtable Series
Read about this program which fosters partnerships between newly-confirmed U.S. Ambassadors and human rights and democracy NGOs.

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