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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018
March 14, 2019

Mike Pompeo is standing at a podium giving a speech.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the U.S. Department of State’s 43rd annual “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” (Human Rights Reports) on Wednesday, March 13.

The Human Rights Reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights in 200 countries and territories, through information from U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, foreign government officials, nongovernmental and international organizations, jurists and legal experts, journalists, academics, labor activists, and published reports.

In his remarks, Secretary Pompeo said that when it comes to human rights violations, China is “in a league of its own,” especially in regards to the treatment of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang region.

“Rounding up, in some estimations … in the millions of people, putting them into camps, and torturing them, abusing them, and trying to basically erase their culture and their religion and so on from their DNA. It’s just remarkably awful.”

Secretary Pompeo also highlighted human rights abuses in Iran, South Sudan, and Nicaragua.

Read the full report here: https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper