The United States Announces Additional Assistance to Respond to the Venezuela Crisis

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian and development assistance around the world, including for Venezuelans in need, because doing our part to respond to global crisis situations is a national security priority. The United States is demonstrating our continued commitment to the Venezuelan people and our response to the …

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Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Belarus

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. Begin Text: We, the …

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Who gets to use messaging apps in Iran?

Iranian lawmakers have proposed banning all foreign-owned social messaging apps and replacing them with domestic versions run by the regime. Dozens of lawmakers have signed the August 24 proposal to create a committee to license and monitor domestic social networking sites and impose punishments of up to two years in prison for violating the new …

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Maduro calls Venezuelans with COVID-19 ‘bioterrorists’

The illegitimate Maduro regime wants Venezuelans to denounce their neighbors who are sick with COVID-19, calling them “bioterrorists.” Nicolás Maduro’s National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela  encouraged citizens  to look for sick Venezuelans, saying a returning migrant “is a bioterrorist who puts everyone’s health at risk.” They also provided an email address and asked anyone with information …

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The spirited history of presidential debates

American debates have changed much since the days when an Illinois lawyer held the nation spellbound with his moral arguments against slavery. That was 1858, and the arguments of Abraham Lincoln, who was debating Stephen Douglas, didn’t lead to Lincoln’s winning the Senate seat he sought. Nevertheless, transcripts were distributed throughout the country and became …

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China’s construction companies sow chaos worldwide

Construction firms owned by the People’s Republic of China are harming the environment and threatening the economies and sovereignty of nations worldwide. China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) is advancing the PRC’s military expansion into the South China Sea through large-scale dredging, construction and militarization of artificial islands and disputed outposts. Further, CCCC drives Beijing’s “One …

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U.S. opposes forced labor in Xinjiang

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. helps refugees, migrants during COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. Department of State has provided $350 million in migration and refugee assistance (MRA) funding for the international COVID-19 response in countries around the world since the onset of the pandemic. U.S. funding provides protection and addresses increased vulnerability created by the pandemic for refugees, migrants and host communities through international organization partners, including …

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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

After a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the U.S. government gave the country $1 billion in aid, with the U.S. Department of Defense sending the most money, according to the  Foreign Aid Explorer  database. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s database can tell you which U.S. government agency spent the most on foreign aid in a given …

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

The United States has imposed sanctions on senior Iranian officials responsible for continuing the regime’s long-standing persecution of religious minorities. Iran’s constitution states that it protects the equal rights of “all people of Iran.” Yet since 1979 the regime has systematically harassed, arrested and executed members of religious minorities, the U.S. Commission on International Religious …

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Abduction of Opposition Leaders in Belarus

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is deeply concerned by the reported abduction September 7 in Belarus of Coordination Council member Mariya Kalesnikava, Spokesman Anton Rodnenkou, and Executive Secretary Ivan Krautsou, and the attempted forced expulsion over the border to Ukraine September 8. We commend the courage of Ms. Kalesnikava and of the Belarusian people in peacefully asserting …

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Labor Day 2020

Today the United States celebrates Labor Day. This holiday is a time for workers, employers, and governments to re-commit to workers and labor rights, including their safety and health in the workplace. The U.S. labor movement created our annual Labor Day holiday, which is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Oregon …

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5 ways the U.S. supports literacy around the world

The late Barbara Bush, wife of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush,  once said , “If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.” The American people, U.S. businesses and organizations share Mrs. Bush’s sentiment and work in myriad ways to help the 750 …

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Recent Developments in Venezuela

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Maduro regime’s announcement of conditional dismissal of criminal charges against roughly one-third of the political prisoners it holds does not solve, nor even address, Venezuela’s underlying political crisis.  Hundreds of political prisoners remain, and like those now offered house arrest or an end (for the moment) to their criminal cases, none of these Venezuelans …

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Cuba’s ‘outrageous’ bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council

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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U.S. Mission OSCE: Call for Belarus to Uphold its OSCE Election-Related Commitments and Respect Human Rights

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important meeting today. And it is an honor to be here with all of you. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of meeting in Vilnius with Belarusian opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. I was inspired by her courage and resolve to advocate for the Belarusian people in their …

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Confucius Institutes advance Chinese propaganda on campuses

The People’s Republic of China must now reveal more about its role in supporting Confucius Institutes’ activities on U.S. college campuses, which include propaganda and censorship. The U.S. Department of State on August 13 designated the Washington-based headquarters of the Confucius Institute network a foreign mission of the PRC. Under the designation , the Confucius Institute U.S. Center …

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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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Designations of Iranian Human Rights Violators

On August 21, the U.S. Department of State announced visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.  This action was taken pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations …

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Designations for Iranian Human Rights Offenders

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Friday, August 21 marks the annual Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. To both remember and honor these victims, today the U.S. Department of State is announcing visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, and we continue to ensure …

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Maduro’s election plan: No participation, no choice

The illegitimate Maduro regime has been promoting its unconstitutional reshaping of the election of Venezuela’s National Assembly members with the social media tag #ParticipaYElige — “participate and choose.” Nicolás Maduro’s attempt to undermine the election process of National Assembly members is further evidence of the regime’s deepening corruption, said Elliott Abrams, the U.S. Department of …

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Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun at the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Virtual Event

AMBASSADOR CURRIE:  Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you joining us here at the State Department.  I am Kelley Currie, the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues here, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you here to the department today as we recognize and celebrate the progress and partnerships achieved through the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity …

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Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun to Host Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Virtual Event

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, at 2:00 p.m., Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will host the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Virtual Event at the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Pillar Three Action Plans and USAID Fund.  The event will include official …

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A huge step forward for women voters turns 100 [video]

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the  19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution , which granted American women — in effect, white women — the right to vote. While it took several more decades — and the civil rights movement — for all U.S. women to be legally allowed to vote, the 19th Amendment was a big …

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U.S. sanctions architect of Uyghur internment (July 27)

By Leigh Hartman  – Jul 27, 2020 The U.S. has imposed sanctions against senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials responsible for “horrific and systematic abuses” against members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang. The July 9 sanctions , issued by the U.S. departments of Treasury and State, target Chen Quanguo, the party’s secretary in Xinjiang, who oversees  internment camps  where more than 1 …

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U.N. report cites atrocities for Venezuelans in mining area (July 27)

By Noelani Kirschner – Jul 27, 2020 The  Orinoco mining arc  in Venezuela is rife with human rights abuses, including sexual exploitation and trafficking, and killings, according to a United Nations report. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet  released a report  on July 15 that collected victim and witness accounts. They detail abuses committed against miners and indigenous people in the arc. …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the Media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)   Ambassador Degnan: Gamarjobat! I had a truly inspiring meeting with Public Defender and her team. The work they are doing here, the very important monitoring role that this office provides, is at the very heart of …

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U.S. warns of business risks from China’s abuses (July 20)

U.S. warns of business risks from China’s abuses (July 20)   The PRC's human rights abuses in Xinjiang put businesses at risk of exposing their supply chains to forced labor and other abuses. Businesses must do their due diligence to avoid reputational, economic, and legal risks. Don’t be complicit. — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 1, 2020 The United …

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Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)

Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)   Protesters, journalists and women who refuse to wear a hijab all risk facing trial in Iran. But many of the lawyers trained to fight for those defendants are already in jail. According to a recent report from the Center for Human Rights in Iran, …

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Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20)

Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is publicly designating Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020.  This designation …

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U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)

U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)   “Authoritarian regimes are poorly designed to deal with the kind of crisis that this pandemic has engendered.  Democracies, where we are free to critique and comment … these are the kinds of places where scientists and freedom …

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This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era (July 20)

This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era (July 20)   When President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, he specifically mentioned Lisa Carl, a young woman with cerebral palsy. Two years before joining the president for that signing ceremony, Carl had gone to …

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From civil rights activist to member of Congress: Remembering John Lewis (July 20)

From civil rights activist to member of Congress: Remembering John Lewis (July 20) Civil rights hero and U.S. Representative John Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. He had been battling pancreatic cancer since he received the diagnosis in December. The son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis was a central figure in the U.S. civil …

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Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)

Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)   For laws to be just, they must be clear. Citizens must know what is — and is not — against the law. Precise language helps ensure that laws are enforced fairly. But some countries take advantage of their unclear laws. The Chinese government regularly …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)   On her first visit to the city of Batumi, Ambassador Degnan met with educators, youth, journalists, civil society leaders, and elected officials. Her visit demonstrated the breadth and depth of the strong bond between the United States and Adjara, with ties in education, tourism, …

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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities (July 14)

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities (July 14)   The U.S. Embassy congratulates Parliament on adopting Georgia’s Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This law establishes fundamental principles to guide the government’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons …

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Maduro steps up corruption, human rights violations (July 13)

Maduro steps up corruption, human rights violations (July 13)   The illegitimate Maduro regime continues to undermine both human rights and democracy in Venezuela. Enforced disappearances of Venezuelan civilians by the regime are on the rise, according to  a report by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group and Forno Penal , a Venezuelan human rights organization. The regime has kidnapped civilians it suspects of being political dissidents, …

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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation to protect victims of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking (July 1

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation to protect victims of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking (July 13) The U.S. Embassy commends Parliament and its Human Rights & Civil Integration Committee, under the leadership of Sopo Kiladze, for adopting important legislation aimed at protecting victims of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and trafficking. …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)   U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is alarmed and deeply troubled by reports that Russian-led security forces shot, wounded, and detained a Georgian citizen on July 11 near the village of Kvemo Chala, along the administrative boundary line of Russian-occupied South Ossetia. We condemn …

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NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)   NASA has renamed its Washington headquarters to honor Mary W. Jackson, the first female African American engineer to work for the agency. Jackson was among four African American women recently awarded  Congressional Gold Medals  for their contributions to early space flight. Jackson and her colleagues were also …

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Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown (July 8)

Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown (July 8) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On July 9, five years ago the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a nationwide offensive targeting hundreds of defense lawyers and human rights defenders for detention, interrogation, and politically motivated criminal charges. The “709” crackdown, named for the date it began on July 9, 2015, …

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15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)

15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)   Fifteen years ago, the pediatric ward at the national hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, overflowed with children suffering from malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the country. Pediatrician Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge remembers anemic babies doubled up in beds and even sick children on …

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Chinese media: Press or propagandists? (July 7)

Chinese media: Press or propagandists? (July 7)   Chinese state-run news organizations would like the world to think that they are independent and trustworthy. They are not. Many of these outlets work to spread  Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda  around the world, and their employees effectively work for the Chinese Communist Party. That was the conclusion of Secretary of State …

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Report: CCP conducts mass sterilization of minority women (July 6)

Report: CCP conducts mass sterilization of minority women (July 6)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is conducting a campaign of mass sterilization of women as part of its repression of Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, a new report says. Using Chinese government documents and interviews with survivors, the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington …

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Honoring heroes in the fight against human trafficking (June 29)

Honoring heroes in the fight against human trafficking (June 29) While governments are reporting the highest number of convictions for human trafficking and the lowest number of forced labor victims identified during 2019, certain governments are themselves acting as traffickers, a State Department report says. The  2020 Trafficking in Persons Report , released June 25, assesses 188 countries and territories, …

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The Chinese Communist Party’s Ideology and Global Ambitions (June 26)

The Chinese Communist Party’s Ideology and Global Ambitions (June 26) Well, thank you Governor.  That was an extraordinarily kind introduction and for thinking of Kayla and her parents. We had them at the State of the Union. That was a very special occasion for the President and for all of us as Americans. What happened …

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26)

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26)   On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we honor and support victims and survivors throughout the world. We observe this day on the anniversary of the date on which the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment …

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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restri

U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restricting Human Rights (June 26) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 26, 2020 President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms.  Today, we are taking action …

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At the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony (June 25)

At the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony (June 25) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE TREATY ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 25, 2020 AMBASSADOR RICHMOND: Good afternoon, and welcome to the TIP Report rollout for 2020. My name’s John Richmond, and I have the honor of serving the team at the Trafficking in Persons Office at the Department of State. I’m …

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U.S. museum helps Americans discuss race (June 18)

U.S. museum helps Americans discuss race (June 18)   When were you first made aware of race? And as a child, how did you make sense of human differences? These are among the questions you’ll encounter in  Talking About Race , a newly launched online portal from the  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture . The website provides tools to help Americans lead constructive …

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Juneteenth: Remembering the end of slavery (June 18)

Juneteenth: Remembering the end of slavery (June 18)   Juneteenth, or June 19th, is an annual holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On this date in 1865, slavery ended in Texas nearly three years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued September 22, 1862. John Buttre’s engraving of Union Major General …

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The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)

The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)   The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of …

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The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election (June 15)

The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election (June 15)   Free elections are the path out of Venezuela’s deep political crisis.  Unfortunately, on June 12, the Maduro regime-controlled Supreme Court continued to manipulate the Venezuelan Constitution by illegally naming a new, regime-aligned National Electoral Council (CNE). Venezuelans deserve an …

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Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (June 15)

Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (June 15)   First Lady Melania Trump is excited to announce Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, an exhibit honoring the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. The exhibit will …

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Police leaders march in solidarity with peaceful protesters (June 11)

Police leaders march in solidarity with peaceful protesters (June 11)   Americans often have different opinions on how to tackle pressing social challenges, but U.S. citizens share a respect for the right to free speech, free expression and peaceful protest. Some police leaders have joined peaceful demonstrations in the aftermath of the death of George …

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President Donald J. Trump and His Administration are Empowering Women to Enhance Peace and Prosperity Around the World (June 11)

President Donald J. Trump and His Administration are Empowering Women to Enhance Peace and Prosperity Around the World (June 11)   QUOTE “Nations that empower women are much wealthier, safer, and much more politically stable.” President Donald J. Trump EMPOWERING WOMEN TO PROMOTE PEACE: The Trump Administration is releasing new plans to enhance the safety, …

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State Department Releases Women, Peace, and Security Implementation Plan (June 11)

State Department Releases Women, Peace, and Security Implementation Plan (June 11)   The United States is leading by example in women’s empowerment on the global stage. Today the Department of State released its  Plan to Implement the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security .  The Strategy focuses on supporting women leaders around the world who make contributions to global security, including by ensuring the Department …

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U.S. Diplomatic Leadership in Support of Women, Peace, and Security (June 11)

U.S. Diplomatic Leadership in Support of Women, Peace, and Security (June 11)   For decades, American diplomats have supported women as leaders in efforts to prevent conflict, counter terrorism and violent extremism, and promote security around the world.  In 2017, the United States became the first government in the world to enact comprehensive legislation on …

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DCM Rood and Col. Bagley visit the newly renovated clinic in Lamiskana, near ABL (June 11)

DCM Rood and Col. Bagley visit the newly renovated clinic in Lamiskana, near ABL (June 11) Today Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood and Defense Attache Col. Stephanie Bagley visited a newly renovated health clinic in the village of Lamiskana. Together with Zaza Maridashvili, Deputy Mayor of Kaspi Municipality, Kaspi Sakrebulo Head Davit Leonidze, and Clinic Director …

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Pompeo: No country cares more for religious freedom (June 10)

Pompeo: No country cares more for religious freedom (June 10)   The United States’ commitment to the protection of religious freedom around the world is unwavering. “There is no other nation that cares so deeply about religious freedom,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said. Pompeo and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability on the Release of the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report (June 10)

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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Georgia (June 10)

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Georgia (June 10)   Executive Summary The constitution recognizes equality for all regardless of religion, subject to considerations of public safety or health or the rights of others, and it stipulates the independence of the Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) from the state. The constitution recognizes the “outstanding role” of …

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U.S. relief groups protect most vulnerable from COVID-19 (June 8)

U.S. relief groups protect most vulnerable from COVID-19 (June 8) International relief organizations based in the United States are protecting the world’s most vulnerable people from COVID-19. These nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are collaborating with local officials to screen patients for COVID-19 in Africa and build a hospital in Bangladesh. U.S. donors have given more than …

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How police are held accountable in the U.S. (June 5)

How police are held accountable in the U.S. (June 5)   Recent events involving police and protesters in the U.S. have some people wondering if officers of the law are held responsible like everyone else. They are. Towns and cities typically take a two-pronged approach after a police officer uses deadly force: One inquiry looks to see …

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Iran’s regime spends billions to limit citizens’ internet access (June 3)

Iran’s regime spends billions to limit citizens’ internet access (June 3)   Iran’s regime has spent at least $4.5 billion to build a domestic intranet that would further tighten restrictions on everyday Iranians’ internet access. The regime has long blocked thousands of web sites. Now the government is seeking greater control over content through a …

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31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square (June 3)

31st Anniversary of  Tiananmen Square (June 3)   Today we honor the brave Chinese people whose peaceful calls for democracy, human rights, and a corruption-free society came to a violent end when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sent the People’s Liberation Army into Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, armed with tanks and guns. While the Tiananmen …

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Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom (June 2)

Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom (June 2)   By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  Religious freedom, America’s first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative.  Religious freedom for all people worldwide is …

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USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)

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Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)

Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)   A senior Iranian regime official authorized lethal force against peaceful protesters during nationwide demonstrations last November, leading to the killing of many civilians, including children, U.S. officials said. On May 20, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced sanctions against the Iranian regime’s …

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U.S. collaborates with international community on COVID-19 [video] (May 27)

U.S. collaborates with international community on COVID-19 (May 27)   The U.S. is working as part of the  international community  to discover treatment options, share research and build partnerships to defeat COVID-19. The American  private sectoracademic institutions  and government facilities are joining their allies and building unbreakable ties in their unified fight against the new coronavirus.

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Statement on continued ‘borderization’ activities along ABL, as well as disinformation campaign against Lugar Center

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Freedom Online Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Internet Freedom (May 27)

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U.S. Participates in the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (May 22)

U.S. Participates in the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (May 22)   Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Carol Thompson O’Connell will lead the U.S. delegation to the May 26 International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants, …

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U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)

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Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)

Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)   The Iranian regime is struggling to avoid economic disaster after the regime’s years of economic mismanagement and terrorist financing. More than 7 million Iranians have lost their jobs or been furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis, regime spokesman Ali Rabiei recently acknowledged, according to Voice …

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