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23 Hum. Rts. Q. 650 (2001)
How Are These Pictures Different - A Quantitative Comparison of the US State Department and Amnesty International Human Rights Reports, 1976-1995

handle is hein.journals/hurq23 and id is 662 raw text is: HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY
How are These Pictures Different?
A Quantitative Comparison of the
US State Department and Amnesty
International Human Rights Reports,
Steven C. Poe*
Sabine C. Carey**
Tanya C. Vazquez***
The US State Department's annual publication, the Country Reports on
Human Rights Practices, has been a continuing source of controversy since
it was first issued in the mid-1 970s.1 These reports, which assess the degree
to which human rights standards are respected in countries around the
world, have been examined carefully by policymakers and academics alike.
* Steven C. Poe is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North
Texas, and Director of that University's Peace Studies Program. His research on human
rights has been published in a wide variety of Political Science and International
Relations journals.
*  Sabine C. Carey is a doctoral candidate at the Government Department at the University
of Essex, UK. She has previously published on human rights violations and democratiza-
tion and her current research is on the relationship between protest and repression.
Tanya C. Vasquez is a Special Assistant in the House Democratic Leader's Office and has
worked on political campaigns in Texas, Kansas, and California. She was a Ronald E.
McNair Scholar at the University of North Texas.
This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation through Grant
SBR-9321741 of the Division of Social, Behavioral, And Economic Research. We thank
NSF for its support but note that any opinions expressed in this article are those of the
authors and not necessarily those of the National Science Foundation. We would like to
thank David Cingranelli and Nils Petter Gleditsch for their constructive comments and
criticism, and Mark Gibney, Michael Stohl, and Linda Camp Keith for graciously sharing
their data with us.
Human Rights Quarterly 23 (2001) 650-677 © 2001 by The Johns Hopkins University Press

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