Advancing Freedom and Democracy
“We look forward to working with all who embrace genuine and inclusive democracy. What we will oppose is an attempt by any group to restrict the rights of others, and to hold power through coercion and not consent. Because democracy depends not only on elections, but also strong and accountable institutions, and the respect for the rights of minorities.” – President Barack Obama, May 19, 2011
The Advancing Freedom and Democracy Report describes efforts by the U.S. Government to support democracy and human rights in nondemocratic countries and countries undergoing democratic transitions worldwide. The U.S. Department of State submits this report in accordance with the ADVANCE Democracy Act of 2007.
The Advancing Freedom and Democracy Report replaced the Supporting Human Rights and Democracy Report (2003-2006). The Supporting Human Rights and Democracy Report complemented the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and detailed U.S. Government actions to encourage respect for human rights. The U.S. Department of State submitted this report in accordance with the Fiscal Year 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
For more information on the U.S. Government’s engagement on democracy and human rights, visit HumanRights.gov.