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25 June 2015 State Dept. on 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices   Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress.  The reports, now in their 39th year, are available at and  Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.  They are also a reference for other governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, legal professionals, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists.

From the 2014 Human Rights Country Reports: 
 • United Kingdom

25 June 2015 Secretary Kerry on Release of the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  


2013 International Religious Freedom Report

John Kerry

"Freedom of religion is at the core of who we are as Americans. It’s been at the center of our very identify since the pilgrims fled religious persecution..." Secretary Kerry

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 2014

Updated 22 June 2015
Country Reports on Terrorism front cover

Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

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 2014 is available on the Department of State website.

From Country Reports on Terrorism 2014: Europe Overview: Chapter 2 (includes United Kingdom)


Drug Control & Narcotics

The U.S. Department of State submitted the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) for 2015 to Congress on 18 March 2015. 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


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)

Annual trafficking in persons (TIP) reports.

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.

 United Kingdom - The United Kingdom report is located within the HTML version or in the Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case PDF page#394 and may be found by searching for UNITED KINGDOM (Tier 1)

PDF Formats

-Introductory Material (PDF)  [8975 Kb]
-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]

HTML Format

-Letter from Secretary Kerry
-Letter from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca
-The Journey from Victim to Survivor
-Definitions and Methodology
-Victims' Stories
-Topics of Special Interest
-Global Law Enforcement Data
-2014 TIP Report Heroes
-Tier Placements
-Country Narratives
-Special Case
-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

Fact Sheets

-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).

The full report is available on the Department of Labor’s website, as is more information about the report and grant.


U.S. Updates Lists of Goods Produced by Child and Forced Labor

03 December 2014
Report cover showing girl making brick s(ILAB)

A new U.S. government report lists products produced by child labor or forced labor.

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.

More information about these lists is available on the ILAB website, as is the full report (PDF, 1.5MB).

State of Global Partnerships Reports

12 March 2015
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U.S. State Department Office of Global Partnerships

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

The U.S. Department of State releases today the 2015 State of Global Partnerships Report, which highlights the most innovative and scalable public-private partnerships from around the Department.

The release is part of the annual Global Partnerships Week celebration occurring from March 9-15.

The 2015 report can be found here. The 2014 report can be found here.