Release of U.S. Department of State 2016 Human Rights Reports

On March 3, the U.S. Department of State published the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices — the Human Rights Reports — which describe the status of internationally recognized human rights in nearly every country around the world, including those rights reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  You can read the full reports at State.gov/humanrightsreports and HumanRights.gov/reports.

As mandated by the U.S. Congress, the Human Rights Reports are released every year and cover respect for human rights in foreign countries and territories worldwide.  The Department of State prepared these reports using information from a wide variety of sources, including foreign government officials, nongovernmental and international organizations, and published reports.  The guiding principle was that all information be reported objectively, thoroughly, and fairly.

The 2016 Human Rights Report for Ecuador can be found here:  http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2016&dlid=265584. The report documents areas of concern on human rights as well as areas of progress over the past year.