The U.S. Department of State has released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005. The report, which is published each year, details the state of human rights in 196 countries. In the preface to this year's report, the U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, writes that the United States:
must help countries develop the democratic institutions that will ensure human rights are respected over the long term. We must help fragile democracies deliver a better life for their citizens. We must call countries to account when they retreat from their international human rights commitments. And we must always stand in solidarity with the courageous men and women across the globe who live in fear yet dream of freedom.