The United States works to advance and support human rights throughout the world, knowing that it is only through the protection of fundamental human rights that we can live in a peaceful and prosperous world. Our annual Human Rights Report assesses the human rights situation in every country and can serve as a guide to focus the attention of human rights defenders everywhere to promote fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
For the past 30 years, the United States has worked with Tajikistan to improve local governance and democratic systems. We have supported projects that educate the public about their rights, trained attorneys, judges, and prosecutors, and recognized activists and journalists who advance the cause of human rights. We have sought to elevate the rights of women, those with disabilities, and minority groups so that all citizens of Tajikistan can realize their full potential.
Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, there have been countless achievements in expanding human rights protections around the world. There have also been serious setbacks. There remain limits on free speech and access to information, restrictions on media, prisoners of conscience, arbitrary arrests, unfair trials, torture, groups that face discrimination, and political systems that prevent real democratic representation. Even those who have left their countries of origin are still subject to oppression with the cooperation of foreign governments.
The annual report is an opportunity to have a dialogue on this topic, and to identify areas in which government and civil society can work together to protect our universal human rights. Together we can build a better society for ourselves and our children.