Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Press Briefing Room
Washington, DC
March 13, 2019

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument to amplify their voices” and also allows us to, quote, “train a spotlight” on the appalling violations of human life, liberty, and dignity that occur every day in many parts of the world. [Full Text]