"The State Department’s yearly human rights report may be the United States’ best tool for fightingsexual violence. Biden needs to get it right.
On March 30, the U.S. State Department published its 2020 Human Rights Reports—critical works that activists and scholars use to document human rights violations and ensure government accountability. This year’s publication comes after former President Donald Trump spent years eroding the documents’ quality and scope, including by cutting their coverage of reproductive rights. Now, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has promised to reverse course by expanding the reports’ coverage of women’s issues—but he will need to go farther in making
human rights and the fight against sexual and gender-based violence a strategic priority."
The article is written by Ragnhild Nordås, assistant professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science and Senior researcher at PRIO, and Robert Nagel, postdoctoral fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and Ragnhild Nordas, an assistant professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science.