Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2004 - 2005
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

This report is submitted to the Congress by the Department of State in compliance with Section 665 of P.L. 107-228, the FY 03 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which requires the Department to report on actions taken by the U.S. Government to encourage respect for human rights. This third annual submission complements the longstanding Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004, and takes the next step, moving from highlighting abuses to publicizing the actions and programs the United States has employed to end those abuses.

Unlike the 196 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2004-2005 highlights U.S. efforts to promote human rights and democracy in only 98 countries and entities-those with the most human rights abuses. References to Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet have been incorporated into the China report, and Western Sahara is mentioned in the Morocco report. To make this report consistent with the criteria in the legislation, this report also includes a number of additions: Bahrain, the Maldives, and Serbia-as well as a number of deletions: Belize, Comoros, Djibouti, Fiji, Lesotho, and Niger.

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2004-2005 reflects the dedicated effort of hundreds of State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and other U.S. Government employees, as well as the employees of numerous non-governmental organizations. U.S. embassies and consulates prepared the initial drafts of the reports. After the posts completed their drafts, the texts were sent to Washington for careful review by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, in cooperation with the Bureau of Public Affairs and other State Department offices, and other Departments and agencies. As they worked to analyze and edit the reports, Department officers drew on their own knowledge of U.S. Government programs and activities.

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2004-2005 will be used as a resource for shaping policy, conducting diplomacy and making assistance, training and other resource allocations. It will also serve as a basis for the U.S. Government's cooperation with private groups to promote the observance of internationally recognized human rights and democracy.

Within the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the editorial and production staff of the report consists of: Senior Editorial Advisors-Ambassador Michael G. Kozak, Gretchen Birkle, Michael Butler, David M. Denehy, Gene Bigler and Elizabeth Dugan; Senior Producer and Senior Editor-Sally Buikema; Senior Editor-Oscar de Soto; Deputy Senior Editor-Kent Brokenshire; Editor and Producer-Patrick Harvey; Graphic Designer-Regina Cross; Editors-Charmaine Coleman, Stuart Crampton, Kara Cumberland, Jeannette Davis, Molly Davis, Patricia A. Davis, Pamela Erickson, Carol G. Finerty, Calli Fuller, Saba Ghori, Karen Gilbride, Vanessa Golding, Sondra Govatski, Donna Ifill, Ann Marie Jackson, Yvonne Jackson, Eunice Johnson, Kari Johnstone, Christina Jun, Lisa Kaplan, Jennifer King, Catherine Kuchta-Helbling, Jeff Le, Ramiro Martinez, Catherine Newling, Michael Orona, Susan O'Sullivan, Sarah Fox Ozkan, Dhyna Parker, Jennifer Pekkinen, Katitia Pitts, Wendy B. Silverman, Rana Siu, Diedra Spencer, Vonzella Taylor, Julie Turner, Lynda Walker-Johnson, and Danika Walters; Janice Clark, Supervisory PA Specialist; USAID Photo Librarian-Patricia Adams; and Web Editor-Monica Roll; Multi Media Services-William Palmer; Interns-Monica Davis, Liam Fitzsimmons and Claudia Mercado.

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