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    Ambassador Power on International Day of UN Peacekeepers

    For its part, the UN needs to make bold institutional reforms to improve peacekeeping performance and to stamp out misconduct, including sexual exploitation and abuse. We look forward to the upcoming report of the Secretary General’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peacekeeping Operations and hope that its recommendations will offer constructive guidance on institutional reform.

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    Toward a Digitally Connected Cuba

    This state of affairs is a function of policy and politics, and we are taking action to ensure that we are not part of the problem, but to instead offer incentives to find solutions.

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  • Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations

    Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations

    Given the critical importance of press freedoms in advancing so many of the goals of this Council, let me make four recommendations in closing as to how we can meet these challenges.

    First, we must condemn the governments and non-State actors that attack journalists, as well as the overly restrictive laws and regulations that undermine their freedom. It is much easier to prevent these spaces from closing than it is to fight to reopen them.

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ISIS and Boko Haram: Emerging Challenges to International Humanitarian Law
May 28, 2015 | American University Washington College of Law - Washington, D.C.

To view a video of this event, please visit: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/cil/

This panel discussed the problems and possibilities posed by the emergence of this ‘new’ breed of particularly violent groups as a ‘mutation’ of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda.

Experts on this panel included: Jamie Williamson, Legal Adviser, Advisory Services on International Humanitarian law, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland; and David Crane, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University College of ...Read More

Press Release
Ethiopia's May 24 Parliamentary and Regional Elections
May 27, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

A free and vibrant media, space for civil society organizations to work on democracy and human rights concerns, opposition parties able to operate without impediment, and a diversity of international and domestic election observers are essential components for free and fair elections. The imprisonment and intimidation of journalists, restrictions on NGO activities, interference with peaceful opposition party activities, and government actions to restrict political space in the lead-up to election day are inconsistent with these democratic processes and norms. ...Read More
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U.S. Calls for Peaceful Resolution to Crisis in Burundi
May 25, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

We call on the Burundian government to provide the political space needed for a peaceful and credible electoral process, including through respect for the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression. In this regard, we urge the Burundian government to permit the immediate resumption of broadcasts by independent radio stations, end the use of the term “insurgents” to refer to peaceful protesters, and withdraw the proclamation by the Burundian National Security Council prohibiting future demonstrations. ...Read More
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Russia's "Undesirables" Law
May 23, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

We continue to be concerned about increasing restrictions on independent media, civil society, members of minority groups, and the political opposition. Russians, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution. ...Read More
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Violence and Human Rights Violations in Mali
May 23, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

The United States condemns the ongoing violence in northern Mali, including reports of summary executions of civilians in Tin Hama, and other human rights abuses and violations. We call on all parties to respect human rights and international humanitarian law, recommit to applicable cease-fire agreements and begin implementation of the May 15 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. The United States reiterates its strong support for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in ...Read More

Rwandan Human Rights and U.S. Relations With Rwanda
May 20, 2015 | Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Steven Feldstein

I believe there is a bright future ahead for its people, which is why Rwanda’s current human rights situation is so personally disappointing to me. Ensuring respect for freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and respect for the rule of law is essential for cementing, and building from these gains. The United States will continue to urge Rwanda to respect the rights of all its citizens. ...Read More

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