Women in politics: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress   1916. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. Representing …

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60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America at its best and the …

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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By  Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before …

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Crimea is Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States joins Ukraine in marking the seventh anniversary of Russia’s invasion and seizure of Crimea — a brazen affront to the modern international order.  We affirm this basic truth: Crimea is Ukraine. Russia’s occupation and increasing militarization of the Crimean Peninsula have implications far beyond Ukraine’s borders, …

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Black Americans elevated education, fought racism

Ted DeLaney arrived at Washington and Lee University as a janitor. By the time he left, he’d been chairman of its history department. DeLaney’s story is extraordinary, but his path is one shared by millions of Black Americans: Overcome prejudice, seize new opportunities, and contribute to your community and your nation. DeLaney was born and …

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Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and …

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National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

By Noelani KirschnerSherry L. Brukbacher The history of Black American music in the United States spans four centuries, and now there’s a museum to honor that legacy. The  National Museum of African American Music  (NMAAM), which opened January 30 in Nashville,  Tennessee , calls itself “the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.” Divided …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the 100th Anniversary of Georgia’s First Constitution

Congratulations to the people of Georgia on the anniversary of your first constitution.   Georgia’s first constitution was an important step in a century-long commitment to joining the community of Western democracies.   You are right to be proud of this constitution, which was one of the most progressive in the world at the time it was …

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African American trailblazers in diplomacy

African Americans’ contributions to U.S. diplomacy began in the late 19th century, when abolitionists Ebenezer Bassett and, later, Frederick Douglass were appointed as chiefs of mission to  Haiti  and the Dominican Republic. Since then,  African American diplomats  have served with distinction all over the world. Ralph Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for negotiating an Arab-Israeli …

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Why freedom of the press is important [video]

Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy. Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,  a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government . Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies. Watch this video to learn more about how other …

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Percy Julian: Revolutionary inventor, grandchild of slaves

Where many saw a bean, Percy Julian saw an entire laboratory. A synthetic chemist, Julian derived medical compounds from substances in plants. From the Calabar bean, he obtained a treatment for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. His work with soybeans supported everything from hydrocortisone shots to treat arthritis to fire retardant …

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President’s Day 2021

Presidents memorialized By  Mark Trainer Americans honor their presidents in many ways, but few presidential monuments are as big as Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota (see above). The monument depicts four presidents for their roles in the country’s history: (from left) George Washington for the country’s birth, Thomas Jefferson for helping the young …

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Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

By Noelani Kirschner Black women in the arts have long formed the backbone of America’s cultural landscape. As Americans were reminded at President Biden’s inauguration, young Black artists such as poet  Amanda Gorman  are emerging and sharing their vision for the future with the world. For  Black History Month , we look at past and present defining figures in music, literature and …

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U.S. sanctions on Venezuela explained

By Noelani Kirschner Since 2017, the U.S. has sanctioned people, businesses, and oil entities associated with the former Maduro regime, both inside and outside of Venezuela. Why are sanctions necessary and who actually feels their impact? U.S. sanctions are designed to ensure that Maduro and his cronies don’t profit from  illegal gold mining , state-operated oil operations, or other business …

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Honoring America’s ‘First Lady of Physics’

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring a Chinese-American scientist for her significant contributions to nuclear physics, a field largely dominated by men. Born in China in 1912, Chien-Shiung Wu immigrated to the United States and became “one of the most influential American nuclear physicists of the 20th century,” the post office said  in a November statement  announcing plans to …

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Exploring science with a new generation of girls

From mountaintops to the depths of the seas, American women scientists are tackling global problems. In the past, there were very few women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, but today women hold nearly 3 in 10 of those jobs. The United Nations has designated February 11 the International Day of Women and …

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Former Secretary George Shultz

Few people did as much to shape the trajectory of American diplomacy and American influence in the 20th century as George Shultz. He was a gentleman of honor and ideas, dedicated to public service and respectful debate, even into his 100th year on Earth. That’s why multiple presidents, of both political parties, sought his counsel. …

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Statement on the Death of Secretary George Shultz

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE George Shultz was a legend. As Secretary of State, he helped achieve the greatest geopolitical feat of the age: a peaceful end to the Cold War. He negotiated landmark arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and, after leaving office, continued to fight for a world free of nuclear weapons. He also urged serious action on the climate crisis at a time when too few leaders took that position. He was a visionary. An ardent champion of diplomacy, Secretary Shultz …

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Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States in recent years has joined the international community on February 6 in observing the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The United States remains committed to ending this egregious human rights abuse and supporting survivors of FGM/C, both at home and around the world. According to the United …

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U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches the warning signs of genocide

Ever since the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened its doors in 1993, its scholars have been educating visitors about the horrors of Nazi Germany’s genocide of European Jews (and other targeted victims) leading up to and during World War II. But the Washington-based museum also has another important mission: helping the general public — as …

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World Wetlands Day

February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day. The United States protects wetlands through restoration, rehabilitation, and re-establishment projects. These ecosystems are critically important for biodiversity, water quality, and flood control. The U.S. works with other countries to protect wetlands through the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as Ramsar for the city in Iran where …

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U.S. memorials honor civil rights hero Rosa Parks

The U.S. Air Force on December 1, 2020, the 65th anniversary of Parks’ 1955 protest, unveiled a sculpture of her at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, adding to an array of memorials that honor the civil rights icon, who died in 2005 at the age of 92. This year ShareAmerica is highlighting some of …

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Statement by President Joe Biden On Black History Month

This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope. We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation that …

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Meet America’s new secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman For Antony Blinken, America’s new top diplomat, returning to the U.S. Department of State brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. Blinken, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed as secretary of state January 26, will lead the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public …

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirm our commitment to oppose antisemitism, racism, and any other form of intolerance. January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945 by Soviet troops. It commemorates the genocide committed by the Nazi regime and its …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Judgement of the European Court of Human Rights

In the state-to-state case of Georgia v. Russia on the 2008 Russia-Georgia War, the Court ruled clearly in favor of Georgia and found Russia responsible for violating multiple articles of the European Convention of Human Rights, including by detaining and torturing individuals, and denying Georgian citizens the right to return to their homes. The court …

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Joe Biden: America’s next president

By Lenore T. Adkins Joseph R. Biden Jr., a former vice president and a longtime Capitol Hill lawmaker known for reaching across the political aisle to get things done, takes office on January 20 as the 46th president of the United States. Biden served eight years as former President Barack Obama’s vice president and defeated incumbent President Donald …

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Kamala Harris: America’s next vice president

By Lauren Monsen Kamala Devi Harris, a senator who has represented California in the U.S. Congress since 2017, will break barriers when she is inaugurated as vice president of the United States on January 20. She will be the first woman — and the first person of African, Jamaican and South Asian ancestry — to occupy that …

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The United States Takes Further Action Against Enablers of Venezuelan Oil Transactions, Including Sanctions Evasion Network

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has sanctioned three individuals and 11 entities for their ties to a network helping Nicolas Maduro and his illegitimate regime evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector.  This action builds on previous sanctions targeting individuals and entities involved in a sanctions-evasion scheme benefitting the illegitimate Maduro …

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Update on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

On January 13, the U.S. Department of State released the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Annual Report for 2020.  The report outlined how W-GDP, the first-ever whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment, has reached more than 24 million women around the world in its first two years.  These beneficiaries were directly impacted by U.S. …

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Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

By Leigh Hartman For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public …

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Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable. From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of ISIS’s recent genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities …

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Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

On the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate, and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As a political organizer, a supremely skilled orator, and advocate of …

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At these schools, every day is Martin Luther King Day

By Lenore T. Adkins Americans will honor Martin Luther King Jr. this year on January 18, the date of the federal holiday commemorating the civil rights hero. But students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys in Toledo, Ohio, stand each and every day to pledge allegiance of the flag and to recite the school’s creed …

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Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S. president?

While many democracies swap in new leaders in a sprint, the U.S. ambles along with a transition period of 11 weeks. But slow as that might seem, it’s shorter than the four months the Constitution originally left for the handoff of power from an incumbent to a new president. Picking up the pace The original …

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Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

By Noelani KirschnerSuzanne K. Mast While the pandemic has forced many to stay home, museums across the United States are bringing their world-famous collections online for anyone to view. The public response has been enormous. American tech company Google recently reported its most searched terms of 2020, and the second most popular search after the word “virtual” was …

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U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Fans of old classics are now free to use and adapt stories, songs and films published in 1925 thanks to U.S. copyright laws’ protections for both the livelihoods of creators and the enjoyment of future generations. Among the thousands of works that entered the public domain January 1, 2021, are classic novels, such as F. …

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How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

By Lenore T. Adkins In 1839, the Amistad cargo schooner sailed from Havana to Puerto Principe, Cuba, with 53 Africans bound for a life of slavery on the island. But while aboard the schooner, the Africans fought for their freedom. Their battle gained them a reprieve. And soon, American abolitionists would take up their fight in U.S. courts. The Africans …

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Remembering the Victims of PS752

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown.  The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Afghanistan in paying …

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The United States Continues To Recognize Interim President Guaidó and the Last Democratically Elected National Assembly in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 6, 2020, the illegitimate Maduro regime staged fraudulent legislative elections in Venezuela. Sixty countries around the world either came together to issue joint statements, including those released by the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, and the International Contact Group or issued their …

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Division for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions Iran

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using big data and surveillance to target Uyghurs for detention based on behaviors that are allowed under the laws of the People’s Republic of China, such as studying the Quran or calling family abroad. Human Rights Watch says in a new report that the CCP uses its  Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP)  to scan …

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Diversity is an essential component of the U.S. diplomatic corps

By Noelani Kirschner American diplomats represent U.S. values abroad and embody a core tenet of American life: diversity. In the United States, anyone — regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background — can become a diplomat and represent America abroad as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. One of the many ways the …

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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before …

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What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

By   Lauren Monsen The  Emancipation Proclamation  is arguably one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. Abraham Lincoln himself stated that he considered it to be his greatest legacy. “I never in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right than I do in signing this paper,” he said. “If my name …

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Americans we lost in 2020

By   Lauren MonsenD. Thompson In recent days, many thousands of American families have faced holidays without loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19. Also in 2020 many notable Americans died — whether of COVID or another cause — who left an imprint on the world. David Dinkins — the first African-American mayor of New York City, who died …

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Commemorating the United Nations Declaration

January 1, 1942, was a milestone in diplomatic history — a day when representatives of the “Big Four” Allied countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and China) gathered in Washington to sign the  United Nations Declaration , formally pledging cooperation in defeating the forces of fascism. The following day, representatives of 22 other Allied …

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China’s leaders expand use of forced labor

The People’s Republic of China is expanding its use of forced labor, increasing the risk that countries may unknowingly import products made by people forced or otherwise coerced to work. Upwards of 100,000 Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minority groups may be working in forced conditions in China, according to the U.S. Department of …

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U.S. sanctions Iranian regime officials involved in kidnapping

The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior Iranian intelligence officers involved in the kidnapping and detention of Robert Levinson, the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on December 14 announced  sanctions against Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai , senior officials in Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, who were involved in Levinson’s abduction, detention and …

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This Week in Iran Policy

“I think we have demonstrated the right foreign policy with respect to Iran, and I am hopeful that the world will continue the policies that we have, and that one day Iran will rejoin the community of nations” – Secretary Pompeo, Interview with Ben Shapiro, December 15, 2020 Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical …

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Maduro’s sham election: ‘Those who don’t vote, won’t eat’

By Noelani Kirschner In the runup to its fraudulent December 6 National Assembly elections, the illegitimate Maduro regime showed how little it cares about ordinary Venezuelans, insinuating it might revoke their social benefits if they did not vote. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed reservations about the Maduro regime threatening to take away …

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U.S. Navy appoints first woman to command an aircraft carrier

Captain Amy Bauernschmidt will become the first woman in U.S. history to command a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. In 2016 Bauernschmidt was the first woman to serve as executive officer of a nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln. Bauernschmidt  graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy  in 1994, the same year  women began to serve on combat ships  and planes. She logged more than 3,000 hours of flight …

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Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Sectors

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Petroleum and petrochemicals are major sources of revenue for the Iranian regime, revenue it employs to oppress the Iranian people and to advance its malign foreign agenda. Today, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation, a vessel manager, pursuant to Executive Order …

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The United States Supports the Voices of the Venezuelan People

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE We congratulate the Venezuelan people on the success of the Consulta Popular or “People’s Referendum.”  Millions of Venezuelans came together to raise their voice and demand a democratic future for their country.  In every city and small town in Venezuela, as well as hundreds of sites serving the Venezuelan diaspora abroad, …

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Pompeo urges U.S. colleges to defend academic freedom

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging American universities to defend against the Chinese Communist Party’s research theft and other threats to academic freedom. Speaking at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on December 9, Pompeo warned that the CCP’s theft of research to boost its military poses  risks for both universities and U.S. national security . He asked administrators, faculty and students …

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The Iranian regime’s 40-year campaign of assassinations

Iran’s regime has conducted assassinations and sponsored terrorism throughout its 40-year history, targeting Iranian dissidents and foreign officials worldwide. The violence dates back to 1979, soon after the regime seized power. Iranian students attacked the U.S. Embassy in Tehran,  taking American diplomats and embassy employees hostage  in a gross violation of international norms. Fifty-two hostages were held for 444 days. Since then, …

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International Human Rights Day

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day has a special resonance for Americans, as the United States was the first nation founded on the belief that all individuals are created equal and endowed …

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Nations speak out against Maduro’s fraudulent elections

Countries around the world are calling the illegitimate Maduro regime’s recent attempt to undermine democracy in Venezuela a sham. On December 6, the Nicolás Maduro regime unconstitutionally staged National Assembly elections with the intention of overthrowing the democratically elected politicians who stand against Maduro and his cronies. The result was an undemocratic and illegal farce. …

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International Anticorruption Day

On October 31, 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties (resolution 58/4). The Assembly also designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of …

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Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela strike out against free speech

Free speech for Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans is under attack by their respective governments. “Freedom of expression is a human right,” Secretary of State  Michael R. Pompeo said on Twitter  on November 24. “The United States stands with Cuba’s people.” In  Cuba , the Castro regime arrested musician Denis Solís González on November 9 and sentenced him to eight months in prison …

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Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback Briefing on Rollout of U.S. Actions Against Religious Freedom Violators

SAMUEL D. BROWNBACK, U.S. AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN:  Thank you, Moderator, and thanks to everyone who’s joined the call.  This is an on-the-record briefing on the rollout of U.S. designations against religious freedom violators, including Country of Particular Concern, Special Watch List, and Entity of Particular Concern designations.  Sam Brownback, …

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Beijing’s military aggression [video]

The U.S. is working to build a free and open Indo-Pacific region, but Beijing is putting the world at risk and raising the threat of violent conflict through its military aggression. The Chinese Communist Party engages in  dangerous and threatening behavior  across the Indo-Pacific and threatens its neighbors. From military bases in the South China Sea to lethal fighting …

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Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

In the 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his  Four Freedoms speech  — citing freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — the United States has made these democratic principles central to its foreign policy. Today, the United States continues to champion human rights as a critical component of U.S. …

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United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Religious freedom is an unalienable right, and the bedrock upon which free societies are built and flourish. Today, the United States – a nation founded by those fleeing religious persecution, as the recent Commission on Unalienable Rights report noted – once again took action to defend those who simply …

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U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation today. This inclusive body is chaired by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan leaders across the political spectrum have unified to make decisions and mobilize support for a just and lasting peace.  All sides of the conflict …

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on People’s Republic of China Officials Engaged in Coercive Influence Activities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has long sought to spread Marxist-Leninist ideology and exert its influence all over the world. The CCP’s United Front Work Department funds and supports overseas organizations to spread propaganda and coerces and bullies those who would oppose Beijing’s policies. The United Front frequently intimidates …

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a fitting occasion for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to, and support for, the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in daily life of the community. We point with pride to robust public and private enforcement of …

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Rights groups call for independent investigation of Iran’s atrocities

Human rights advocates continue to expose the Iranian regime’s violent response to nationwide protests in November 2019 despite the regime’s attempts to cover up the details. More than a year later, the United States and human rights organizations are still calling for an independent investigation into the brutal crackdown. Justice for Iran, a human rights …

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Democracies condemn Beijing’s continued crackdown in Hong Kong

By Leigh Hartman Democratic nations are faulting the Chinese Communist Party’s disqualification of four democratically elected legislators in Hong Kong. The governments of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom call the CCP’s November 11 disqualification of the lawmakers a “clear breach” of the regime’s international obligations and commitment to uphold Hong Kong’s …

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Local staff members of U.S. Embassy recognized as heroes

By Noelani Kirschner Everyday heroes exist around us, but only when disaster strikes do we know who they are. During a ceremony November 18, the State Department honored Badye and Hella Ladhari as  Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy  for their service to the United States and for saving lives in the face of immediate danger during and after the attack on the …

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The truth behind China’s forced confessions

By Leigh Hartman The Chinese Communist Party forces critics and activists to publicly confess to crimes before trial, violating Chinese and international law, rights groups say. In a  recent report to the United Nations  (PDF, 1MB), groups including Safeguard Defenders and Human Rights Watch say the CCP forces critics into confessions that are then aired on state-run television, making a mockery of due …

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The two choices for Venezuela’s future

By Noelani Kirschner As the fraudulent December 6 elections raise questions about the future of Venezuela, one thing remains clear: Venezuelans cannot have democracy while an illegitimate authoritarian regime is in power, says the U.S. Department of State. “Many of Venezuela’s most popular politicians are not permitted to run in the election, opposition political parties have been …

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China’s manipulation of international organizations

As the coronavirus spread beyond its borders, China’s leaders successfully lobbied the World Health Organization (WHO) not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Soon after this disastrous January decision, the Chinese Communist Party blocked a WHO team from investigating the pandemic’s source and China’s response. “China has extracted concessions from the health …

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New Sanctions Under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the United States sanctioned four entities located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia for supporting Iran’s missile program, under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). We imposed sanctions against Chengdu Best New Materials Co., Ltd. and Zibo Elim …

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President Trump pardons ‘Corn,’ America’s National Thanksgiving Turkey

On behalf of the entire Trump Family, I want to wish every American a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! Today we gathered in the Rose Garden to continue a beloved annual tradition: the Official Presidential Pardon of a very fortunate Thanksgiving Turkey…. pic.twitter.com/O92pWUKrBv — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020

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Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Around the world, violence against women harms not only millions of women and girls every year, but also their communities and families.  Violence against women, whether in the workforce, the home, a school environment, or as a result of conflict or crisis, is never acceptable.  The United States recognizes …

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The Cuban Regime’s Cruel Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. government strongly condemns the Cuban regime’s harassment of activists peacefully protesting the imprisonment of human rights defender Denis Solís González. We urge the Cuban government to dismiss this unjust sentence and release him without condition. The regime has repeatedly targeted Mr. Solís González, a musician and member …

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U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference

The United States participated in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on November 23-24, the sixth quadrennial gathering to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference was hosted virtually by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. At the conference, the United States …

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As fraudulent election nears, Maduro cracks down on journalists

Ahead of the unconstitutional and fraudulent  December 6 parliamentary elections  in Venezuela, the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro is cracking down on journalists. The Venezuelan constitution protects freedom of expression, forbids censorship and guarantees access to information. However, Venezuela has fallen 31 places since 2014 in the  World Press Freedom Index  — ranking 147 out of 180 countries — thanks to Maduro’s attacks …

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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

The world recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, a day to heighten awareness about the physical, psychological and emotional harm women face worldwide. The U.S. Department of State sees tackling violence against women as a human rights imperative. Violence threatens women’s and girls’ safety, and it sets …

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Pompeo urges nations to speak up for the persecuted

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is rallying world leaders to stand strong against religious persecution wherever it occurs. From November 16 to 17, the government of Poland hosted the third Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief. In  Pompeo’s opening remarks  for the event, held virtually this year, the secretary urged the representatives of more …

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This Week in Iran Policy

“The Maximum Pressure campaign against the Iranian regime continues to be effective. It deprives the regime of funds to carry out its malign activities. Reducing that pressure is a dangerous choice, bound to weaken new regional partnerships for peace and strengthen the regime.” – Secretary Pompeo, Tweet of November 18, 2020 Commemoration of the Massacre …

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How the U.S. promotes innovation for security and prosperity

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The United States is providing more than half a million dollars to preserve a 1,500-year-old monastery in Mtskheta, Georgia. “Churches in Georgia play such an important role in history and culture and the society,” said U.S. Ambassador to Georgia  Kelly Degnan  on September 16. “The United States is very proud to be able to help Georgia preserve …

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Venezuela: A Democratic Crisis

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The United States Sanctions Additional Individuals Involved in the Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Attempts to Corrupt Democratic Elections in Venezuela

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China’s pattern of human rights abuse continues

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Southeast Asian countries challenge China over maritime claims

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Report: Iran’s regime answers protests with ‘torture epidemic’

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Jvari Monastery Project wins Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation large grant

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Nineteenth Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

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The U.S. government is taking steps to address forced labor camps in China’s Xinjiang region. The Chinese Communist Party is repressing millions of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities there, using “re-education” camps, forced sterilization, and destruction of religious sites. The U.S. is blocking the import of goods made with forced labor, sanctioning Chinese …

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U.S. seeks to deter Iranian regime’s religious persecution

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In spite of its dismal record on human rights, Cuba’s government is seeking a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2021–2023 term. “It’s outrageous that the Human Rights Council would offer to seat Cuba, a brutal dictatorship that  traffics its own doctors  under the guise of humanitarian missions,” Secretary of State Michael R.  Pompeo said  on August …

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Regimes target the faithful in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

Freedom of religion is under attack in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, due to authoritarian regimes determined to control expressions of faith. Dictators in the countries, or their proxies, have burned churches and harassed or teargassed worshipers, U.S. Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa told an August 20 discussion on religious freedom in the …

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Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2020

Recently, our Nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution.  On the commemoration of this historic day, I was proud to issue a Proclamation honoring the women’s suffrage movement and sign a full pardon for one of its greatest leaders, Susan B. Anthony, who was unjustly convicted for voting on …

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MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States government and the American people, I send my congratulations to the people of Ukraine on the 29th anniversary of your nation’s independence. Our support for a free, resilient, and democratic Ukraine is unwavering.  We remain fully committed to diplomatic efforts to end Russia’s ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine.  As …

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MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On this third annual International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the United States stands with the victims of terrorism and their families. The pain and suffering caused by terrorism is a heavy burden that the American people know all too well. We honor the strength and resilience of terrorism victims …

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Trump brokers historic Israel-UAE deal for peace and prosperity

President Trump has brokered a historic deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, normalizing relations between the two countries and laying a foundation for peace in the Middle East. “Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity — in this region, and in the world,” Trump said in an August 13 statement announcing …

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