February 27, 2014—Secretary of State, John Kerry, submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices to the United States Congress. These reports document the human rights situation in countries around the world and help to inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance. Section 6, Discrimination and Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons, captures societal abuses discrimination, and acts of violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
The reports continue to confirm a lack of respect that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people face in many areas of the world. This report also points to a range of serious human rights abuses directed at LGBT populations. In Secretary Kerry’s statement at the release of the reports he stated,
“And from Nigeria to Russia to Iran, indeed in some 80 countries the world over, LGBT communities face discriminatory laws and practices that attack their basic human dignity and undermine their safety. We are seeing new laws like the Anti-Homosexuality Bill enacted by Uganda and signed into law by President Museveni earlier this week, which not only makes criminals of people for who they are, but punishes those who defend the human rights that are our universal birthright.
These laws contribute to a global trend of rising violence and discrimination against LGBT persons and their supporters, and they are an affront to every reasonable conscience, and the United States will continue to stand with our LGBT brothers and sisters as we stand up for freedom, for justice, for equal rights for all people around the world.”
View and download Section 6 of the reports by region:
By law, the U.S. Congress requires the State Department to report annually on human rights conditions in all countries (except the United States). In 1993, the instructions on reporting were modified to require all U.S. embassies to include information on patterns of abuse directed at specific minority groups including those based on ethnicity, religion, trade union activity, sexual orientation or other factors. Embassies were also instructed to report on incitement to violence directed against these groups, whether instigated by the government or by other elements of society.