FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:13 April 2022 Address: U.S. Embassy Luxembourg 22, Bd. Emmanuel Servais L- 2535 Luxembourg Public Affairs Office: +352 460124 or - 21 Email: LuxembourgPublicAffairs@state.gov
U.S. Releases the 2021 Luxembourg Human Rights Report
On April 12, the United States released the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, including for Luxembourg. Required by U.S. law, the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices document the status of human rights and worker rights in 198 countries and territories around the world.
U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, Thomas Barrett commented: “Defending human rights and fundamental freedoms is central to who the United States is as a country, just as it is innate to Luxembourg. I am grateful to the Government of Luxembourg for continuing to uphold high standards of human rights. Now more than ever, as we have witnessed gross human rights violations being perpetrated by Russia in Ukraine, all democratic countries must do their utmost to defend the values of the free world and continue to work to improve democracy, in their own country and beyond.”
Like the previous year, there were no reports of significant human rights abuses in 2021 in Luxembourg. The 2021 Luxembourg Human Rights Report is available here: https://www.state.gov/reports/2021-country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/Luxembourg
The report does not attempt to catalog every human rights-related incident, nor is the report an effort by the U.S. government to judge others. Instead, the report is factual in nature and focusses on the current year.
The U.S. Secretary of State is required by law to submit an annual report to Congress on “the status of internationally recognized human rights” in all countries that are members of the United Nations, which is known as the Human Rights Report (HRR). This is the 46th HRR the Department of State has submitted to the Congress, and it contains individual reports on 198 countries and territories.
Topics include, for example, press and internet freedoms, corruption and government transparency, and human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, the reports reference separate congressionally mandated reports on international religious freedom (IRF) and trafficking in persons (TIP).
The individual reports are prepared by U.S. diplomatic missions around the world, who collect information from a variety of sources, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the media.
The HRR does not rank countries or draw comparisons across them. It does not attempt to catalog every human rights-related incident, nor are the individual reports an effort by the U.S. government to judge others. Instead, they are factual in nature and focus on the current year, but also may include updated illustrative cases from previous reporting years.
The HRR, including the individual reports, is a public document that is available online at: https://www.state.gov/reports-bureau-of-democracy-human-rights-and-labor/country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/
For more information, please contact the Public Affairs section at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg at +352 46 01 23 24 or at LuxembourgPublicAffairs@state.gov