How the Advancing Freedom and Democracy Reports Are Organized

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

The reports are divided into four parts. Part one is a concise statement, similar in content to the first and second paragraphs in the introduction to the Department of State’s Annual Country Reports on Human Rights, regarding the political and human rights conditions in each country. Part two is a statement of the U.S. government’s priorities to promote democratic principles, practices, values, and human rights. It also includes specific actions and activities, to the extent anticipated, to be undertaken and supported by the chief of mission and other U.S. officials. Part three highlights the greater range of the post’s ongoing diplomatic, public diplomacy, foreign assistance, and other public actions to address the priorities stated in part two. For the 2009 reports, part three includes material that had been incorporated within a part four of the 2008 reports.