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  • Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski

    Editorial on Growing Affronts to Human Rights in Burundi

    Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor authored an editorial in Jeune Afrique on the deteriorating human rights situation in Burundi. "A human rights, humanitarian, and security crisis is indeed unfolding in Burundi and it risks growing more violent and widespread by the day. All sides, especially the Burundian police and intelligence forces, must publicly agree to cease violent actions at once." Lire en français.

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  • The White House

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Burundi

    Today President Obama issued a new Executive Order imposing sanctions against persons who have contributed to the ongoing crisis in Burundi. This Executive Order provides the authority to block the assets of those who, among other things, have engaged in or provided material support for actions that threaten peace and security in Burundi, undermine democratic processes, or who are responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses against people in Burundi.

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  • President Barack Obama

    Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Roundtable

    President Obama speaks on the importance of Civil Society in Malaysia: "When you have a strong civil society, you have a government that is more accountable, you benefit from the ideas and views of a diverse set of citizens. Strong societies ultimately have strong civil societies."

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Press Release
Cuban Citizens Sentenced for Peaceful Protest
Nov 24, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Mark C. Toner

The United States condemns the recent sentencing to prison of Cuban citizens Vladimir Morera Bacallao and Jorge Ramirez Calderon for peaceful protest. Mr. Morera Bacallo was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for hanging a sign outside his home; Mr. Ramirez Calderon was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for joining a peaceful protest asking for improved sanitary conditions and water in his community.

Respect for human rights is ...Read More

Fact Sheet
FACT SHEET: Burundi Executive Order
Nov 23, 2015 | Office of the Press Secretary

The White House

President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Burundi.  The Executive Order is not targeted at the people of Burundi, but rather is aimed at activities by individuals within the government and armed groups that contribute to the turmoil there, including threats to peace and ...Read More

Promoting Security and Human Rights in Nigeria and Cameroon
Nov 23, 2015 | Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Meeting with 2013 International Women of Courage Award winner Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin in Lagos.

U.S. leaders are engaging closely with governments, communities, and civil society in efforts to counter the threat of terrorism in West Africa. In recent years, Boko Haram has terrorized communities in Nigeria, Cameroon, and other neighboring countries through a deadly series of bombings, kidnappings, and raids that have claimed thousands of lives and caused more than two million people to flee from their homes and seek refuge from the violence. ...Read More
Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Roundtable
Nov 21, 2015 | President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, this is a great opportunity for me to meet with some outstanding, courageous men and women who represent civil society organizations here in Malaysia. And as many of you who accompany me on foreign trips know, one of the things that I like to do is, in addition to meeting with leaders of government, is also to meet with civil society leaders and hear from them directly about the kinds of ...Read More

Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski at Addis Ababa University School of Law
Nov 20, 2015 | Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski


I will start where President Obama started in his speech to the African Union, by asking you to think about what lies behind every serious discussion of human rights: the idea of dignity. Here is how my president defined it: “the basic idea that by virtue of our common humanity, no matter where we come from, or what we look like, we are all born equal, touched by the grace of God. Every person has worth. Every person matters. Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.” ...Read More
Ambassador Power at the Women in the World Summit in New Delhi, India
Nov 20, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

And on human rights as well, and on sexual violence, and on some of the things that have made the news all around the world, just seeing people coming out and protesting and wanting to be the change, right, as they say. I mean, to assert the need for change, but to make that change happen and to believe that they can. ...Read More

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