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Human Rights Law Research Guide

Human Rights Conditions in a Specific Country

You can find reporting on the human rights situation in a particular country through various government, NGO, and news sources. (This kind of information is often referred to as "country conditions" in refugee and asylum law.) If possible, try searching for information in the local language as well as in English.

The resources listed below are good places to start your research:

  • U.S. State Department, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
    • Annual reports by the State Department on the human rights situation in every country.
  • Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board, Country of Origin Information
  • Human Rights Watch
    • Human Rights Watch regularly publishes reports and other advocacy material on specific human rights issues in specific countries. It also produces an annual review of human rights in most countries, called "World Report." You can search by country and issue on Human Rights Watch's website.
  • Amnesty International
    • Amnesty International publishes an annual human rights report ("The State of the World's Human Rights"), as well as reports, open letters, and other advocacy material throughout the year. You can search by country and issue on its website.
  • Refworld
    • Database managed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), containing a vast repository of documents related to human rights in all countries. It includes not only UN documents, but also documents by a variety of other organizations, governments, and individuals. You can search by country or keyword.
  • UN human rights monitoring mechanisms