Promoting human rights
and the spread of democracy throughout the world is a cornerstone
of U.S. foreign policy, and the United States invested over
$1 billion in 2004 to promote democracy and human rights,
according to State Department fact sheet released March
“Across the globe, we will continue
to stand insolidarity with the extraordinary men and women
who take greatpersonal risks to shed light on human rights
abuses, strive to havefreedom of the press and work to ensure
democratic change,” according to the fact sheet.
For additional information on U.S. support
for human rights, see http://usinfo.state.gov/dhr/human_rights.html
Following is a fact sheet describing U.S.
efforts to promote freedom and democracy worldwide:
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U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
March 28, 2005
Supporting Human Rights and Democracy:
Freedom, Opportunity, Liberty
“It is the policy of the United States
to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and
institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate
goal of ending tyranny in our world.”
-- President George W. Bush, 2005 Inaugural
Promoting freedom and democracy
is the cornerstone ofU.S. foreign policy
America’s experience as a democracy
affirms our conviction that all people can live and prosper
in peace. Even in our worst moments, we have been guided
by our commitment to freedom and self-government.We are
led to one conclusion: the survival of liberty in our land
is dependent on liberty in other lands.
The belief in freedom, democracy and human
rights are not solelyAmerican values. They are shared by
people and democratic governments on every continent and
by those who aspire to liberty around the world.
A world free of tyranny
The past year has seen a dramatic shift
in the world’s landscape. Elections in Afghanistan,
Palestinian Authority and Iraq, and the“Orange Revolution”
in Ukraine have brought the dramatic firststeps of democracy
to populations that have lived under tyrannyand oppression
for too long.
Today, more than fifty million people who
lived under brutalregimes in Afghanistan and Iraq are on
the road to democracy. Iraqhas taken the first steps in
becoming the first democratic nation inthe Arab Middle East.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, is leading
his war-torn nation forward from over 23 years of conflict
and political instability.
In the Palestinian Authority, voters replaced
an antiquated leadership with one that seeks peace with
What these dramatic events graphically illustrate
is that societies offree citizens must be founded on a commitment
to the dignity ofeach individual. While citizens’
desire for individual freedoms andrights can be repressed
for a time by authoritarian and corruptregimes, history
shows us that transition is possible and encouragesour support
of the inalienable rights of freedom loving peopleeverywhere.
The tools we use
These principles guide our decisions about
international cooperation,the character of our foreign assistance
and the allocation ofresources, and they will guide our
actions and our words in internationalbodies. The United
States will stand beside any nationdetermined to build a
better future by seeking the rewards of libertyfor its people.
In the last year the U.S. Government invested
over one billion dollars in democracy and human rights promotion
throughout the world. We also provide, or withhold, economic,
financial or technical assistance that can be crucial to
helping a government meet its obligations to its citizens.
We have pledged support for individuals
who seek to secure theirunalienable rights. Across the globe,
we will continue to stand insolidarity with the extraordinary
men and women who take greatpersonal risks to shed light
on human rights abuses, strive to havefreedom of the press
and work to ensure democratic change.
Our fight for personal liberty will continue
so long as regimes infringe upon the freedom of their citizens
to build strong, democratic institutions of their own design
that are capable of protecting their freedoms. Although
this challenge is formidable, we are committed to upholding
the principal and practice of democracy.Working together
as Americans and with our friends and allies in the community
of democracies, we can forge a path toward freedom for all
around the globe.
-- Of the fifteen countries which originally
received SEED assistance, ten are now NATO members, eight
have joined the EU, and three are on track for EU accession.
-- United States supported democracy projects
contributed to the “Orange Revolution” and an
election that reflected the will of the Ukrainian people.
-- Our Darfur Documentation project highlighted
human rights abuses and drew worldwide attention to the
-- A United States government supported
private printing press and network of twenty independent
media resource centers which helped open political space
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