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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

By Lenore T. Adkins 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 barriers to their potential for prosperity or filling leadership ...
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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the USAID Zrda Closing Event

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I’m really delighted to be here today to celebrate the successes that have come with the USAID Zrda Program. Over five years this has been a program that’s focused on supporting the resilience of Georgia’s rural communities, especially along the Administrative Boundary Line. This program has created good jobs ...
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Ambassador Degnan’s Comments at the Women in Law Enforcement Conference

Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here for the graduation of the week-long Women in Law Enforcement conference here in Georgia. This conference brings together American and Georgian law enforcement professionals to improve capacities, build capabilities, and explore more leadership opportunities for women in law enforcement. Police officers here in Georgia are playing a ...
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Treatment of Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We are closely following the treatment of former President Mikheil Saakashvili since his arrest on October 1.  We commend the oversight work of the Georgian Public Defender in establishing an independent medical team to evaluate Mr. Saakashvili’s health and to review the state of medical facilities at the prison hospital.  We ...
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Persecuted at home, Uyghurs sustain their culture abroad

By Leigh Hartman Growing up in western China, Dilnur Reyhan read French authors and admired ideals enshrined in French culture, such as respect for personal liberty. So in 2004, facing discrimination in Xinjiang, the young Uyghur woman knew where she wanted to go. “I came to France because I believed in human rights,”  Reyhan said in May 2021 , noting her mother ...
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