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State Department Report on Human Rights in Germany

The State Department issued its annual Report on Human Rights Practices in Germany on March 6, 2007 with many statistics and some descriptions of individual cases. This year's conclusion is:
The government generally respected the human rights of its citizens. However, there were reported instances of mistreatment of prisoners and detainees by police, and there were limits on freedom of speech, press, assembly, and association aimed at groups deemed extremist. Extremists engaged in intimidation during the electoral process; there was governmental and societal discrimination against some minority religious groups; and cases of societal harassment of asylum seekers and other foreigners occurred. Violence against women, trafficking in persons, and harassment of racial minorities were problems.
A former Foreign Service officer criticized "the overuse" of these mandated State Department reports as making the United States look "judgmental, moralistic and bullying." See the Atlantic Review post: "Foreign Policy by Report Card" Blamed for "Nurturing Seething Resentment Abroad"
Personal comment:
I don't think Germans care much about these reports, but some newspapers do take notice.


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Kevin Sampson on :

"A former Foreign Service officer criticized "the overuse" of these mandated State Department reports as making the United States look "judgmental, moralistic and bullying." I agree completely, and it pisses me off that my taxes help pay for this crap. That said, how about the Euros shutting the Hell up about guns and capital punishment, hmmm?

Bill on :

Hmmm... The title of this post is somewhat misleading. The 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices cover hundreds of countries worldwide, including the FRG, and they are mandated by U.S. law. No country that I know of is completely without human and civil rights abuses. Here is the link to the U.S. Dept. of State website for the annual Country Reports on Human Rights. The only country that is missing on this very long list is my own, the U.S.A. Hmmm...

JW-Atlantic Review on :

Many Americans criticize that the German media scrutinizes (alleged) US wrongdoings. Consequently, I wanted to point out that the US State Department writes official reports about human rights practices in Germany. Neither the German government nor the EU write such reports about the US. I should have pointed out that those reports are not just about Germany but about other countries as well. I do mention that in the Atlantic Review post I have linked to.

manuel abid on :

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