DHAKA, April 13, 2022 – Today, the State Department released the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, an annual report required by U.S. law.  President Biden has put human rights at the center of his foreign policy.  The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. 

“Working together, we must commit ourselves to promoting respect for human rights.  We must speak honestly about the challenges we face.  Progress on human rights begins with the facts,” said Ambassador Peter Haas. 

Guided by the United Nations’ Universal Declarations on Human Rights and subsequent human rights treaties, the country reports cover observance of and respect for internationally recognized human rights and worker rights.  The country reports do not draw legal conclusions, rate countries, or declare whether they failed to meet standards.


President Biden is committed to a foreign policy that unites our democratic values with our diplomatic leadership, and one that is centered on the defense of democracy and the protection of human rights.  In this 50th anniversary year of the U.S.-Bangladesh bilateral relationship, promoting democracy, good governance, and human rights will remain paramount.