President Barack Obama’s State Department has set a 20-year record in delaying the release of its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which the law mandates must be released by Feb. 25.
The reports are now 91 days late.
The annual reports detail the human rights violations perpetrated within nations around the world—including countries such as Iran, with which the administration is now negotiating a nuclear-arms agreement, and Vietnam and Malaysia, with which the administration is now negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal.
During a press briefing Tuesday, State Department Spokesperson Jeff Rathke said that the department had not yet released the legally overdue reports because it was looking for a “schedule opportunity” to do so.
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