Issue Brief on “US Human Rights Report – 2020: An Appraisal and Key Takeaways”


Pledging to put human rights back at the center of American foreign policy, President Biden and his administration released its Human Rights Report – 2020 (HRR-2020) in March 2021 which paints a deteriorating picture for human rights across the world.

The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken while unveiling the report said that the trend lines on human rights continue to move in the wrong direction and that some governments used the pandemic as a pretext to restrict rights and consolidate authoritarian rules.[1] He singled out Russia and China and accused them of genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghur’s and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang and the attacks on and the imprisonment of opposition politicians, anti-corruption activists, and independent journalists in places like Russia.[2]

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