Restoring free and fair elections in Venezuela (April 2)

Restoring free and fair elections in Venezuela (April 2)   The United States released a framework that builds upon the proposals put forward by the interim government of Venezuela for a path to free and fair presidential elections in that country. “This framework can provide a path that ends the suffering and opens the path …

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Briefing With Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (April 2)

Briefing With Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (April 2) SAMUEL D. BROWNBACK, AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you so much for joining us on …

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Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread (March 25)

Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread (March 25)   In light of threats posed by COVID-19, the United States reiterates its calls for the Assad regime to take concrete steps to protect the fate of thousands of civilians, including U.S. citizens, being held arbitrarily in overcrowded and …

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World Water Day: Celebrating International Cooperation for Water Access (March 22)

World Water Day: Celebrating International Cooperation for Water Access (March 22) Thanks to international cooperation, millions of people across the world have received access to clean water and sanitation, but still more work needs to be done. On World Water Day March 22, celebrate and review progress toward  U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6 , access to safe water for all by …

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This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)   “The United States calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release on humanitarian grounds all wrongfully detained Americans being held in Iran. The United States will hold the Iranian regime directly responsible for any American deaths. Our response will be decisive.” – Secretary Pompeo, Press …

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Human Rights Report for 2019

Human Rights Report for 2019 From the time we declared our independence as a free nation, the United States has committed itself to the ideals of democracy, individual freedom, equal protection under the rule of law, and the protection of human rights.  Our nation was founded on the premise that all human beings are created …

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Pompeo: The world needs courageous women (March 4)

Pompeo: The world needs courageous women (March 4) By Noelani Kirschner Peacemakers, activists, lawyers, journalists, politicians and defenders of human rights. These are the recipients of the 2020 International Women of Courage Award. “We are here to honor a quality that all of the women onstage possess, and that is courage,” said first lady Melania Trump at …

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2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced (March 4)

2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced (March 4)   Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to Honor Awardees on March 4, 2020 with Special Remarks by First Lady of the United States Melania Trump On Wednesday, March 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)

Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)   Today Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan delivered remarks during the Meeting on Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections organized by the United Nations. The Ambassador spoke about the growing recognition of women’s important role in leadership and how their …

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Pompeo: U.S. stands for religious freedom (March 2)

Pompeo: the U.S. stands for religious freedom (March 2)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo underscored the U.S. commitment to defending religious freedom as regimes around the world restrict their own people’s right to worship as they choose. Pompeo told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 28 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, that …

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Statement by United States Mission to the OSCE on Recent Attack in Chechen Republic, Russia, against Elena Milashina and Marina Dubrovina (March 2)

Statement by United States Mission to the OSCE on Recent Attack in the Chechen Republic, Russia, against Elena Milashina and Marina Dubrovina (March 2) By Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States condemns the malicious attack that occurred on February 6 in Grozny, Chechnya, directed …

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Remarks by President Trump at a Reception for African American History Month (February 28)

Remarks by President Trump at a Reception for African American History Month (February 28)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much. AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years! THE PRESIDENT:   We love you.  Thank you very much, everybody. I want to just — first of all, a person that’s doing …

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Crimea is Ukraine (February 26)

Crimea is Ukraine (February 26) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine.  As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of sovereignty over the peninsula.  …

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)   The Holocaust memorialized throughout the world By Mark Trainer In the U.S., and other nations, memorials stand as continual reminders of the horror of the Holocaust and the importance of confronting the evils that brought it about. The United Nations designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of …

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CDA Rood attends the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report (January 20)

CDA Rood attends the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report (January 20)   Today, CDA Elizabeth Rood attended the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report which highlighted several areas where the Parliamentary Committee achieved real progress with support from the U.S. government. These areas of cooperation included children’s rights, …

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Human Rights and the Iranian Regime (December 19)

Human Rights and the Iranian Regime (December 19)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Good morning.  Thank you, all.  Thank you.  Good morning, everyone.  How are you all doing today?  Everybody good? It’s an important day here at the State Department, and I appreciate you all joining us.  Bob, thanks for the kind introduction, and I’m delighted …

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The U.S. stands with the Iranian people (December 19)

The U.S. stands with the Iranian people (December 19)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo vowed to continue U.S. support for the Iranian people as they struggle against a repressive regime that violates human rights. Pompeo told a December 19 U.S. Department of State forum that recent protests in Iran show that the …

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International Human Rights Day 2019

International Human Rights Day 2019 Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights . The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested …

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Human Rights Report for 2018

Human Rights Report for 2018 Preface The United States was founded on the premise that all persons “are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Our Constitution secures these unalienable rights by proclaiming in the First Amendment that …

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Human Rights Day (December 10)

Human Rights Day (December 10) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent …

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Human Rights Reports for 2016

Human Rights Report for 2016 Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in …

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National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness (January 11)

National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness (January 11) John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC January 11, 2017 Congress designated January 11 as the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in 2007, targeting a problem with an estimated 20 million victims in every corner of the world. Human trafficking continues today to be a threat …

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