Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 25, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver opening remarks on the release of the Department of State’s 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices today, Wednesday, February 25, at 12:15 p.m. Following the Secretary’s remarks, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Karen Stewart will respond to reporters’ questions. This event is on camera and on the record, and will be held in the Department of State’s press briefing room (Room 2209).
Advance Viewing of the Embargoed Report
Instructions for obtaining embargoed access to the report via Internet will be available on Wednesday, February 25, at 10:45 a.m. in the Department of State Press Office (Room 2109). The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing, approximately 1:00 p.m.

Media representatives who plan to attend this briefing should allow adequate time to process through security at the 23rd Street entrance and present one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Electronic Access to the Report via Internet
The full text of the report will be available for downloading from the Department of State web site at as soon as possible after the briefing on February 25.

Book Form
Copies of the full report will be sold at a later date by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC 20402; telephone 202-512-1800;
fax 202-512-2250.

Press Contacts
For more information on this event, contact:
Adrienne Bory, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, (202) 647-1442
The Office of Press Relations, (202) 647-2492.

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