The United States was founded on the principle that equality and fundamental human rights apply to all people. So promoting and protecting international human rights is a key part of U.S. foreign policy. One way the United States advances a freedom agenda is by publishing an annual report on human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories around the world.
The United States also holds itself to a high standard of accountability, and therefore measures the human rights record of other nations, not out of arrogance, but with concern for the human condition.
Soundbite, John Kerry: “And I hope it will inspire us – people here and around the world – between this year and next to take more steps, hopefully giant steps, in the direction of greater justice, wider decency, and peace.”