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Human Rights Resources

Each of the important sites listed below offers overviews of human rights-related issues, including press freedoms, in individual countries. The most significant overviews often are annual reports, but other materials on a country also may be available.   You may search the contents of these sites, along with these, via this search engine.

There also is a much broader search tool called HuriSearch, which claims to search "over 5,000 human rights Web sites."


Amnesty International Reports
Annual reviews from the best-known human rights monitoring group in the world.

Annual Human Rights Report

From the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  

Annual Reports of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Each report includes country analyses. The USCIRF was created by the U.S. Congress in 1998.

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom
Annual country reports by the U.S. State Department.

Countries at the Crossroads
Annual reports on government performance in 60 countries, from Freedom House.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
Annual reports by the U.S. State Department, covering internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Freedom in the World
"Annual survey of political rights and civil liberties," from Freedom House.  (1973-date)

Human Rights First
Formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. Use the site's "search" option to find a country, personal name, or other term.

Human Rights Watch World Reports
Annual reports from this internationally-known group. Older reports are here.

IHFHR Annual Reports
Annual country reports from the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.

Press Freedoms Around the World
This is a Leyburn Library page containing links to important sources of information on mass media freedoms in various countries.

Trafficking in Persons Report

Annual U.S. State Department report on "severe forms of trafficking in persons" in countries of the world.