The barbaric practice of using civilians as human shields is a war crime, and, tragically, it is on the rise in the Middle East.
The continuing state of emergency in Turkey, imposed after the July 2016 coup attempt, has led to the severe curtailment of many fundamental freedoms, according to the latest State Department Human Rights Report.
Iran continues to have an egregious human rights record.
Peaceful demonstrations in Nicaragua turned violent, when police and pro-government groups cracked down on protesters, reportedly leaving at least 26 dead.
“The Russian Government continues to quash dissent and civil society, even while it invades its neighbors and undermines the sovereignty of Western nations,” said John Sullivan, who was serving as Acting Secretary of State at the report’s release.
“North Korea is one of the most repressive and abusive regimes in the world,” declared John Sullivan, who at the time served as Acting Secretary of State at the release of the State Department’s annual Human Rights report.
The State Department’s recently published 2017 report on human rights conditions in Cuba describes the Cuban regime’s lack of respect for the rights of the Cuban people.
The human rights "reports are a natural outgrowth of our values as Americans,” said John Sullivan, who was serving as Acting Secretary of State at the time of the Reports’ rollout.
The Panamanian government has taken strong action in support of democracy and human rights for Venezuelans.
Vice President Mike Pence warned, “The greatest corruption of government is when the people lose their voice, their vote, their freedom, and their basic human rights under the heavy hand of dictatorship.”
China has arbitrarily detained human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang for over 1,000 days without trial.
The United States is committed to maintaining its long-standing position as a global leader on humanitarian issues.