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December 2022

The panel of Congress established to investigate the riot of 6 January 2021 has issued its final report after 18 months of work, in which it holds that former president Trump took part in a conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The report also recommends that Trump is charged with federal crimes, including allegedly aiding an insurrection. Nevertheless, its findings are not binding on the Justice Department. It further recommends that the former president is barred from public office. The committee will dissolve on 3 January 2023.

November 2022

On 8 November, the United States held its midterm legislative elections. Electors voted to fill seats at both the Senate and House of Representatives, governorships, and other local positions. Voter turnout was approximately 46.0 per cent, with higher participation rates in battleground states. Democrats held on to the Senate, with one of the seats (Georgia) determined in a runoff election that took place in early December. Republicans took over the House with a slim majority. The elections were held after a polarizing campaign that saw election officials being harassed, as well as some reports of partisan officials taking up positions at the polls. Some democracy advocates expressed concern for the considerable number of election deniers (candidates who have cast doubt on the results of the 2020 elections) on the ballots. Twelve women were elected and will serve as governors in the upcoming year (about 24 per cent of governorships), three more than the previous record of nine. A total of 149 women will serve in the House and Senate (about a quarter of members of Congress), two more seats than currently held by women.

October 2022

US officials have come to an agreement with Mexican counterparts, through which the United States will give humanitarian visas (humanitarian parole) to thousands of Venezuelan migrants and asylum seekers, while turning many more away to await the processing of their asylum requests in Mexican territory. The policy will rely on Title 42 to fast track the deportation of Venezuelans asylum seekers crossing into US territory by land. Human rights activists have criticized the move as contrary to due process and for risking the safety of many, including children and teenagers under the age of 18. Some have also questioned the timing and the political interests behind the policy, given the upcoming midterm elections.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
331 893 745
System of government
Constitutional Federal Republic
Head of government
President Joe Biden (since 2021)
Head of government party
Democratic Party
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
First Past the Post
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
28.4%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
24.0%
Last legislative election
2022
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
2.1
Head of state
President Joe Biden
Selection process for head of state
Indirect election ('electoral college' - body elected for the express purpose)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
09/11/2020
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
75.79%
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Human Rights Treaties

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State Party State party
Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
State Party
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Signatory
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
State Party
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
Signatory
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
State Party
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Signatory
International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
No Action
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
No Action
International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Signatory
International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
No Action
Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
No Action
Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
No Action
Equal Remuneration Convention
No Action
Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
State Party
Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
No Action
Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
No Action
Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
State Party
Regional Treaties
American Convention on Human Rights
Signatory
Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
No Action
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Early Warning System BETA

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Low risk of democratic breakdown Low risk of democratic breakdown (BETA)
Currently experiencing democratic backsliding Currently experiencing democratic backsliding (BETA)

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GSoD Indices

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