The US Department of State released a short statement ahead of Mr Binken’s address, which took place on Monday 20 March.
“Promoting respect for human rights and defending fundamental freedoms is central to who we are as a country,” it read.
“The United States will always support those around the world struggling for human dignity and liberty. The 2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – required by US law to be submitted to Congress — documents the status of respect for human rights and worker rights in 198 countries and territories.”
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