The Human Rights Watch (HRW) World Report is arguably the best country-by-country assessment of human rights to be found. HRW recently released its 2019 report, and the U.S. entry is sobering. According to the report, “The United States continued to move backward on human rights at home and abroad in the second year of President Donald Trump’s administration. With Trump’s Republican party controlling the legislative branch in 2018, his administration and Congress were able to pass laws, implement regulations, and carry out policies that violate or undermine human rights.”
The report chronicles domestic setbacks, such as continued whittling away of the Affordable Care Act, as well as backsliding in the areas of human rights diplomacy, with increased support for authoritarian regimes.