U.S. Embassy Statement on Political Dialogue and Conviction of Opposition Leader (February 11)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Political Dialogue and Conviction of Opposition Leader (February 11) The U.S. Embassy supports the political dialogue between Georgia’s governing party and opposition representatives aimed at reaching an agreement on an election system that best serves the Georgian people.  The U.S. Embassy is disappointed that the timing and context of the conviction …

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On President Trump’s State of the Union Address (February 4)

On President Trump’s State of the Union Address (February 4) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE President Trump continues to lead an American foreign policy that bolsters our security and prosperity, strengthens our alliances and partnerships, and protects our precious freedoms. In just the past year, the United States has removed the head …

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U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)

U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)   Today, USAID/Georgia signed an important agreement with the Israeli Agency for International Development and Cooperation. Under this agreement, both the United States and Israel agreed to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development. Specifically, both countries will cooperate to better …

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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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This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)

This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)   “…our mission set is twofold: to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and then to make sure that that country, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, can’t inflict harm on Americans. So we do everything we can each day to reduce that risk, all the …

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This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)

This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)   “President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ‒ against the Islamic Republic. In strategic terms, deterrence simply means persuading the other party that the costs of a specific behavior exceed its benefits. It requires credibility; …

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Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)

Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)   Thank you, U/S Hale, for those generous remarks. Some of my most memorable FS moments come from my time on P Staff, so I feel honored to have you – “P”, the U/S for Political Affairs — here today to administer the oath. I’d like to give a …

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U.S. sanctions target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)

U.S. Sanctions Target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)   The Trump administration will impose sanctions as long as Iran’s outlaw ways continue, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said January 10 as he outlined new sanctions targeting the Iranian regime’s “brute squad” of top security officials. The new sanctions hit the regime’s senior Iranian …

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Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)

Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)   Casualties: The President noted in his remarks that there were no casualties; governments of Iraq, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Spain also reported no casualties among their soldiers in Iraq. Iraqi Protests Against Iran: Iraqi protesters in Nasiriyah reportedly refused to allow supporters …

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Senior State Department Officials On U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria (December 30)

Senior State Department Officials On U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria (December 30)   MODERATOR:  Hey, everybody.  Thanks for joining us.  Happy New Year, happy 2020.  I have a couple of people that all of you know very well.  On the phone, we have [Senior State Department Official One], [Senior State Department Official Two], and …

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The U.S. Embassy Statement on the release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (December 28)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on the release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (December 28) We welcome the news that Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili has been released by the de facto authorities in South Ossetia. We join all Georgians and the international community in welcoming him home to spend the holidays with his family. We again call on …

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Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)

Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)   Following recent meetings in Washington between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and the Georgian Dream delegation led by Deputy Speaker Kakha Kuchava, the U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Democratic Developments in Georgia The United States supports a secure, prosperous, and democratic Georgia.  …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili (December 20)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili (December 20)   The government of the United States does not recognize as legitimate the de facto authorities in the occupied region of South Ossetia, nor does it recognize as legitimate today’s sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili. We again call on the de facto authorities, and …

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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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This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)   “As long as [Iran’s] malign behavior continues, so will our campaign of maximum pressure… these sanctions are aimed not at China, not at the Iranian people, but at the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran that is engaged in activity that poses threats around the world…We will …

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U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)

U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)   Over recent months the U.S. Embassy has closely watched the process of selection of Georgia’s Supreme Court justices for lifetime appointments. In May we expressed disappointment at Parliament’s adoption of selection procedures that failed to incorporate many of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, OSCE/ODIHR, …

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press statement by the U.S. Delegation (December 12)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press statement by the U.S. Delegation (December 12)   During the December 10-11 fiftieth round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, the U.S. delegation expressed frustration that participants have been unable to make progress on core issues and …

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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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Statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)

Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)   “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia has made tremendous strides forward developing democracy and the rule of law—values at the core of …

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U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)

U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)   The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia — the first since 2016. The United States is committed to working with our …

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)

Secretary Pompeo on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)   In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the rights of …

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This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)

This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)   “As Iranians take to the streets in protest, the Ayatollahs in Tehran continue to use violence and imprisonment to oppress their people. The United States’ message is clear: the American people stand with the people of Iran.” – Vice President Mike Pence, Twitter, November 20 …

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U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14)

U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14) As we stated previously, the U.S. Embassy welcomed the Georgian Dream party’s stated intention to transition to fully proportional parliamentary elections in 2020 and considered this an important step in advancing Georgia’s democratic development and strengthening trust among political parties. We are disappointed, therefore, …

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)   In far too many places around the world, journalists are killed, tortured, jailed, and harassed for reporting that exposes the abuses of corrupt regimes, undermines the work of terrorist and criminal organizations, gives voice to overlooked communities, and counters disinformation. As of December …

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International Day of Democracy (September 15)

International Day of Democracy (September 15)   On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A vibrant, diverse, and independent civil society is …

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New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)

New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)   Today, the Department of State designated the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD delivery systems and their supporters – the first time the United States is publicly …

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Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30)

Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30) “Russia’s further militarization of South Ossetia is outrageous & unacceptable. Putin and his government continue to recklessly disregard the sovereignty of other nations. Russia must immediately cease its destructive behavior and respect Georgian sovereignty.”

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Joint Statement on Tbilisi Pride decision to postpone “March of Dignity” (June 22)

Joint Statement on Tbilisi Pride decision to postpone “March of Dignity” (June 22)   We welcome the decision by the organizers of Tbilisi Pride to postpone the “March of Dignity” planned for 22 June 2019. Participation in peaceful demonstrations of this sort is an expression of every person’s fundamental human right to freedom of expression …

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Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (June 13)

Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (June 13) The U.S. Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia welcome the final draft legislation on the “fourth wave” of judicial reforms as a result of a broad consensus achieved in the working group composed of different actors, including the international community, civil …

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Joint Declaration on the U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (June 11)

Joint Declaration on the U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (June 11)   Today, on June 11, 2019, and in recognition of the 10th anniversary of our Charter on Strategic Partnership, the United States and Georgia reaffirm our commitment to the U.S. – Georgia strategic partnership and the core principles of our friendship. Since 2009, the …

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NATO’s LANDCOM signs letter of cooperation with Georgia Defence Forces (March 29)

NATO’s LANDCOM signs letter of cooperation with Georgia Defence Forces (March 29)   TBILISI, Georgia – U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Thomson, Commander of NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM), and Georgian Army Col. Nikoloz Janjgava, First Deputy of Georgia Defence Forces (GDF), signed a letter of cooperation at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre …

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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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