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    Secretary Kerry at the Action Ministerial on Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Emergencies

    This is not a sideline issue from my point of view at all, not when close to a majority of the world’s population is as affected as it is by choices that are made in various parts of the world. Preventing and dealing with the effects of gender-based violence is a fundamental moral issue; it’s a basic question of right vs. wrong. But it’s also about our collective security, so people who don’t get motivated by the moral issue or a sense of right and wrong at least hopefully can be motivated by some pretty practical choices, and when security – I mean, we have learned in painful and searing ways that gender-based violence can rip families apart, rip communities apart, and attack state structures. And too often, in too many countries, it perpetuates conflict and creates instability for generations.

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    Statement on the Conclusion of the #FreeThe20 Campaign

    Today, as I lead the U.S. delegation marking the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, there is much cause for hope. The progress made on women’s rights over the past two decades is striking: from the achievement of near gender parity in primary education, to the halving of extreme poverty and the doubling of the percentage of female national parliamentarians. Today, assembled world leaders recommit to women’s empowerment and their full and equal participation in all spheres of society. President Obama just announced the concrete steps the Administration has been taking to further advance the fundamental rights of women and girls on this milestone anniversary of the Beijing Conference.

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    Day 20: Rasha Chorbaji, Syria #FreeThe20

    Today we highlight the 20th woman in #FreeThe20: Rasha Chorbaji was arrested in 2014 because of her husband's opposition to the regime during the revolution. Chorbaji was arrested along with three of her children when she attempted to obtain a passport. Before she was thrown in jail, she was held incommunicado even though she was seven months pregnant and suffering from health problems. The Syrian government took her children away from her and placed them in an orphanage. She is unjustly imprisoned and should be freed. We call on the government of Syria to release her.

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UN Rollout of Global Standards for Treatment of Prisoners
Oct 7, 2015 | Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Dr. Sarah Sewall

As we prepare to implement these rules, we must remember that governments are not alone in this effort. Just as we benefited from the active participation of civil society to develop these rules, we should enlist civil society to implement them. These groups can help facilitate religious learning to help counter the warped ideologies of violent extremists. Civil society can also ensure that governments uphold the commitments embodied in this document, and can advise us when the Mandela Rules need further improvement in the years to come. ...Read More
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Rob Berschinski Travels to Hungary
Oct 2, 2015 | Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Berschinski stressed that as a partner and ally, the United States expects Hungary to fully uphold democratic values. He specifically raised the need to revise current Hungarian laws on elections and the legal status of churches in line with Hungary’s OSCE obligations and the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. He also urged that the Government of Hungary end unfounded investigations into NGOs. ...Read More
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Nine-Year Anniversary of the Murder of Anna Politkovskaya
Oct 6, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Mark C. Toner

Nine years ago on October 7, renowned Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed in her apartment building. Five men were convicted last year for the murder, but we continue to urge the Russian Government to bring to justice those who ordered this crime.

Ms. Politkovskaya in 2005 stated, “People sometimes pay with their lives for saying aloud what they think.” Impunity for her murder, and that of other journalists, ...Read More

TPP: Deepening our Strategic Relationships in the Asia-Pacific
Oct 5, 2015 | DipNote Bloggers

TPP: Deepening our Strategic Relationships in the Asia-Pacific

“This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes that various countries put on our products,” said President Obama. “...It promotes a free and open Internet. It strengthens our strategic relationships with our partners and allies in a region that will be vital to the 21st century. It’s an agreement that puts American workers first and will help middle-class families get ahead.” ...Read More
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Fact Sheet: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Boosts Made in America Exports, Supports Higher-Paying American Jobs, and Protects American Workers
Oct 5, 2015 | Office of the Press Secretary

TPP includes cutting-edge rules to promote Internet-based commerce – a central area of American leadership, and one of the world’s great opportunities for growth. The agreement also includes strong rules that make sure the best innovation, not trade barriers and censorship laws, shapes how digital markets grow. TPP helps preserve the single, global, digital marketplace. ...Read More
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U.S. on Parliamentary Elections in the Kyrgyz Republic
Oct 5, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Mark C. Toner

The United States congratulates the people of the Kyrgyz Republic for exercising their democratic rights during the recent parliamentary elections. President Atambaev, the Jogorku Kenesh, the Central Election Commission, and many governmental and civil society groups contributed to an election that advanced the democratic process in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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