CLINIC Department of State Shifts Human Rights Reports Comparison Charts

Last Updated

October 20, 2020

Each year the U.S. Department of State issues a Human Rights Report on every country in the world. These reports play an important role in adjudicating asylum and other humanitarian applications for relief, as immigration judges often rely heavily on their conclusions. Pending proposed regulations would give these reports even greater weight in immigration court. CLINIC has evaluated the Department of State reports for 2016 — the last year that the Obama administration produced the reports — and 2019 — the last year the Trump administration produced the reports — and found significant differences in length, subject matter and tone. Practitioners may find it helpful to include these charts with asylum country conditions packets to critique the Department of State Human Rights Reports.