On April 19, 2013, the Department of State released the 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practice. Each year, the Department of State develops, edits, and submits to Congress a 5,000-page report on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Some highlights from the 2012 Human Rights Report include:
- Coverage of conditions in the new country of South Sudan
- Report on the developing democracy in Burma
- A description of the dire humanitarian situation in Syria
- An account of the roadblocks to democracy in Egypt and Libya
Officers rely on the State Human Rights Reports when adjudicating asylum applications. The reports are considered highly persuasive, and you should become familiar with the report for your country before preparing your asylum application and declaration.