Department of State To Host Facebook Q&A on Human Rights

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 27, 2014

The U.S. Department of State will host a Facebook Q&A on human rights with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya on Friday, February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.

On February 27, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the United States Congress. The reports, now in their 38th year, are available on and

Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. Government policy and foreign assistance and serve as a reference for other governments, international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, legal professionals, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists.

This Facebook Q&A is an opportunity for the public to ask their own questions directly about the reports, which can be found at or

Acting Assistant Secretary Zeya will answer questions live on Facebook at Questions can be submitted in advance using the hashtag #HumanRights on the Department of State’s Facebook page, Google+ page and on Twitter by mentioning @StateDept.

The conversation will be promoted on the Facebook Government and Politics Page as part of Facebook’s “Open Dialogue Series,” a Q&A series aimed at connecting officials and policymakers with the public in real-time, two-way discussions about the most pressing issues facing our nation.