COMMITTEE MEETINGS: HFAC Hearing on Human Rights

This morning the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on The 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and the Promotion of Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy, featuring two former Assistant Secretaries for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the Department of State–Harold Hongju Koh (now Dean of the Yale Law School) and Ambassador John Shattuck (now CEO of The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation).

Much of the testimony centered on the recent setbacks in the promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide, and the role of the U.S. policy in contributing to this regression.

The website of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has transcripts of the full statements by Dean Koh and Ambassador Shattuck, which are worth a read.

UPDATE: POMED’s summary and notes for this hearing are now available here.