The U.S. Record 2003-2004

Cover of the Report: Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2003-2004

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy:  The U.S. Record 2003-2004 is submitted to the Congress by the U.S. Department of State in compliance with Section 665 of P.L. 107-228, the Fiscal Year 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which was signed into law on September 30, 2002, requiring the Department to report on actions taken by the U.S. Government to encourage respect for human rights.

Unlike the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, issued annually by the State Department and covering 196 countries, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy:  The U.S. Record 2003-2004 highlights U.S. efforts to promote human rights and democracy in the 101 countries and entities with the worst human rights records, taking care to include those countries of concern for "extrajudicial killings, torture and other serious violations of human rights." 

Released May 17, 2004

"Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U. S. Record 2003 - 2004" is available in both PDF and HTML versions.  To view the PDF files, you will need to download, at no cost, the Adobe Acrobat Reader. 


"The progress of liberty is a powerful trend.  Yet, we also know that liberty, if not defended, can be lost.  The success of freedom is not determined by some dialectic of history.  By definition, the success of freedom rests upon the choices and the courage of free peoples ... "

                                                                                   -- President George W. Bush
20th Anniversary of the National Endowment for Democracy
November 6, 2003

Preface [PDF option: 55MB]
U.S. Human Rights and Democracy Strategy   [PDF option:  21KB]   
Purpose and Acknowledgements [PDF option: 24KB]
Africa [PDF option: 3.9KB ]
East Asia and Pacific [PDF option: 963KB]
Europe and Eurasia [PDF option: 2.3MB]
Middle East and North Africa [PDF option 105 MB]
South Asia [PDF option: 2.1MB]
Western Hemisphere [PDF option: 1.6 MB]
2003 Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award Winners  [PDF option:  301KB ]