The World: A Human Rights Scorecard

It was three years ago that members of Congress first asked then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger if he could report on the condition of human rights in countries that receive U.S. aid. Kissinger ran a test inside the State Department, took one horrified look at the findings and then told Congress that the idea was impractical. Whereupon a law was passed making the report mandatory.

Last week the State Department diffidently issued its first, 143-page roundup, based on reports from U.S. embassies and prepared by staffers working with James Wilson, State's coordinator for human rights and humanitarian affairs.

The scorecard had separate...

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