2013 International Religious Freedom Report
28 July 2014 Kerry on Release of 2013 Religious Freedom Report "Sixteen years ago, I was very proud to join my colleagues in the United States Congress in passing the International Religious Freedom Act, the law that mandates this annual State Department report in order to shine a light on the obstacles that so many people face as they seek nothing more than the ability to be able to worship as they wish."
• Fact Sheet: 2013 International Religious Freedom Report
The full text of the State Department’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report is available on the State Department website.
• From the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report: United Kingdom (PDF)
Country Reports on Terrorism 2013
U.S. law (22 USC § 2656f) requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation.
This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT). Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.
The complete text of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 is available on the Department of State website.
From Country Reports on Terrorism 2013: Europe & Eurasia: Chapter 2 (includes United Kingdom)
- Briefing on Annual Country Reports on Terrorism
- Fact Sheet on the Country Reports on Terrorism 2013
- CRT 2013, Chapter 1. Strategic Assessment (State.gov)
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2013
The complete text of the Country
Reports on Human Rights Practices 2013 is available from the Department of
State. It is also availble from the new official United States Government
website for international human rights related information at www.humanrights.gov .
From the 2013 Human Rights Country Reports:
• United Kingdom
27 February 2014 Human Rights Depend on Courageous Individuals, Kerry Says In comments made upon the release of the 2013 Country Reports on Human
Rights Practices, Kerry said that “the fundamental struggle for dignity,
for decency in the treatment of human beings between each other and
between states and citizens, is a driving force in all of human
• Kerry on Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
• State Dept. Briefing on Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
• State Dept. Fact Sheet on 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights
The U.S. Department of State submitted the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) for 2013 to Congress on 04 March 2013. The two-volume report offers a comprehensive assessment of the efforts of foreign governments to reduce illicit narcotics production, trafficking and use, in keeping with their international obligations under UN treaties. The Report also examines anti-money laundering policies and practices and related financial crimes. The full text of the INCSR is available for review at http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2013/
International Religious Freedom 2012
20 May 2013 Religious Freedom Is Moral, Strategic Concern for U.S. Attacks on religious freedom are both a moral and a strategic
national security concern for the United States, says U.S. Secretary of
State John Kerry. Enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religion is “a core
American value,” Secretary Kerry said, but it “is not an American invention.”
Freedom of religion, he said, is “a universal value.”
• Secretary Kerry on the Release of the International Religious Freedom Report
The 2012 International Religious Freedom report is available from the Department of
State International Religious Freedom Report site.
• From the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report : United Kingdom
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) 2013 ("Special 301")
03 May 2013 U.S. Rates Intellectual Property Protections of Trading Partners In an annual report on the adequacy of the intellectual property
rights protections of U.S. trading partners, the Office of the U.S.
Trade Representative (USTR) cites ongoing problems in Ukraine and
praises improvements in Canada. The Special 301 Report presents an annual review of the global state
of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement that
USTR conducts under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by
the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round
Agreements Act. The 2013 Special 301 review process examined IPR
protection and enforcement in 95 trading partners, USTR said.
• Summary: U.S. Trade Representative's "2013 Special 301" Report
The complete Special 301 Report (PDF, 572Kb) is available on the USTR website.
Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
20 June 2014 Trafficking Report Is 'Call to Action' to End Modern Slavery The State Department released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, compiling a year’s worth of research into modern sex slavery and forced labor conditions around the world. Along with ranking how governments are responding to the crisis, the report shares compelling examples of how human trafficking affects the lives of ordinary individuals.
2014 Trafficking in Persons Report
The report is available in HTML format (see also this index page) and in PDF format. Due to its large size, the PDF has been separated into sections for easier download, all PDF and HTML sections are listed below.
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF) [4743 Kb]
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF) [3882 Kb]
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF) [4105 Kb]
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF) [5513 Kb]
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF) [3105 Kb]
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF) [963 Kb]
-Letter from Secretary Kerry
-Letter from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca
-The Journey from Victim to Survivor
-Definitions and Methodology
-Topics of Special Interest
-Global Law Enforcement Data
-2014 TIP Report Heroes
-Countries That Are Not States Parties to the Protocol
-Relevant International Conventions
-Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Minimum Standards for the Elimination of Trafficking in Persons
-Stopping Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation, and Abuse by International Peacekeepers & Civilian Personnel
-International, Regional, and Sub-Regional Organizations Combating Trafficking in Persons
-Glossary of Acronyms
-A Closing Note
-International Programs To Combat Trafficking in Persons [ PDF version ]
-Journey From Victim to Survivor [ PDF version ]
-Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labor--International Labor Organization, 2014 [PDF version ]
-Protection Checklist [PDF version ]
-The Challenges of Certification in Addressing Forced Labor [PDF version ]
-The Intersection Between Environmental Degradation and Human Trafficking [PDF version ]
Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor
08 October 2014 U.S. Labor Dept. Reports on Global Problem of Child Labor The United States has released its annual assessment of the fight against child labor, a threat to the health and well-being of children around the world.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the 13th edition of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, a report prepared annually by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB).
U.S. Updates Lists of Goods Produced by Child and Forced Labor
03 December 2014
03 December 2014 U.S. Updates Lists of Goods Produced by Child and Forced Labor The sixth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor was released December 1 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB).
The report is mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA). New items can be added to the TVPRA List if they are made with child labor, forced labor or both. In the sixth edition, 11 goods made with child labor were added to the list.
The bureau has been producing reports to raise awareness globally about child labor and forced labor since 1993. Since 1995, ILAB has also funded projects that provide assistance to vulnerable children and their families. ILAB has funded 280 projects in more than 90 countries to combat the worst forms of child labor.