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US State Department Countryreports 2013 OUT NOW

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Read Secretary J.F. Kerry’s Preface:
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights.

I have seen firsthand how these reports are used by a wide range of actors – by Congress in its decision-making processes surrounding foreign security sector assistance and economic aid; by the Department of State and other U.S. government agencies in shaping American foreign policy; and by U.S. citizens, international nongovernmental organizations, foreign governments, human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, scholars, and others who are committed to advancing human dignity.

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Anti-LGBT rally planned for Ethiopia cancelled

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Officials say that plans for an anti-gay rally in Ethiopia’s capital have been cancelled.

Two groups had been planning to hold a large anti-gay rally in Addis Ababa on April 26. But Dereje Negash, chairman of a religious group affiliated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, said the cancellation came after people inside the church asked the government to prevent the rally.

Several African countries, notably Uganda and Nigeria, have increased penalties against gay acts recently. Same sex acts in Ethiopia are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Redwan Hussein, a government spokesman, said Wednesday that the government does not support anti-gay movements that have been building. He said plans to add gay sex to a list of crimes ineligible for a presidential pardon have been dropped.

via: the independent