We will continue to respond to the concerns of others, including by means of the reports we submit to meet our obligations under various human rights treaties.
As the Secretary has said, our democratic system of government is not infallible, but it is accountable.
With the release of this year's reports we are recommitting ourselves to help new democracies deliver on their people's aspirations for a better life.
We are recommitting ourselves to stand with those courageous men and women who struggle for their freedom and their rights.
Our democratic system of governance is accountable, but it is not infallible.
While some countries made significant progress, others regressed.Too often in the past year, we received painful reminders that human rights, though self-evident, are not self-enforcing and that mankind's desire to live in freedom, though universally deserved, is still not universally respected.Liberty and human rights require state institutions that function transparently and accountably, a vibrant civil society, an independent judiciary and legislature, a free media, and security forces that can uphold the rule of law and protect the population from violence and extremism. These congressionally mandated annual reports speak to America's continued support for those fundamental freedoms embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I'm pleased today to join Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Barry Lowenkron as we announce the publication of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2006.Consequently, our strategy is based on three elements: monitoring internet freedom in countries around the world, responding to threats to internet freedom and advancing internet freedom by expanding access to the internet.