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  • State of Rights: Media Freedom and Press Access in China

    State of Rights: Media Freedom and Press Access in China

    Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski will deliver opening remarks and moderate a discussion among journalists with extensive reporting experience in China. Guest panelists will include William Wan, The Washington Post; Kathleen McLaughlin, Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera; and James Fallows, The Atlantic.

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  • Secretary Kerry Remarks at the 45th Annual Washington Conference of the Council of the Americas

    Secretary Kerry Remarks at the 45th Annual Washington Conference of the Council of the Americas

    In 2006, when Ricardo Lagos was preparing to step down as the president of Chile, rejecting calls to run again, this is what he said: “In democracy, every four years we are all equal, we are all worth the same, and with a pencil and paper, we sketch the country that we want.” There are few ideas more powerful, my friends, more infused with universal aspiration, than democracy. But democracy has never been inevitable; it’s never happened without great effort; and democracy is, in many ways, never complete. It is and always will be a work in progress that has to be renewed and revitalized by each generation. To build and defend democracy is our shared mission. And now, more than ever before in my lifetime, the people of the Americas are truly united in that cause.

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  • Refugee Children Play Basketball and Other Games at the Youth Center in Mai-Aini, Run by Jesuit Refugee Services, and Funded by PRM

    What Running Away Sometimes Means

    Still, it is hard to see children’s dreams slip away. All they want is the chance to make something of their lives, to someday glimpse what children elsewhere take for granted. As we left Adi-Harush camp, a thin 12-year-old girl in a red dress ran to catch up and stared with imploring eyes at my colleague’s big purse. We asked if there was something she wanted. She replied, “Please, can you carry me back in your bag to America?” What can you do, but take her hands in yours, and tell her you are sorry and that you will not forget her?

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Conviction of Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev
Apr 23, 2015 | Acting Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

We are disturbed by the April 22 decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev to seven and a half years in prison, and a subsequent three-year ban from holding public office, on questionable charges.

One of the country’s most well-known human rights lawyers and head of the Legal Education Society, Aliyev worked extensively to promote the rule of law in Azerbaijan and defend peaceful activists. He submitted hundreds of cases ...Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ukrainian Pilot and Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko and Other Ukrainians Still Held Hostage in Russia
Apr 23, 2015 | U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Daniel B. Baer

The United States remains deeply concerned about the fate of Ukrainian hostages that Russia and the separatists it backs continue to hold in defiance of the commitments they made in the Minsk agreements and the February 12 Package of Measures.

Among these is Nadiya Savchenko, a member of the Verkhovna Rada and of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, who was captured by Russia-backed separatists last year and transferred to ...Read More

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State of Rights: Government Transparency and New Technology
Apr 22, 2015 | ASK A QUESTION VIA TWITTER USING #STATEOFRIGHTS - Envía preguntas sobre Transparencia, DerechosHumanos y Democracia utilizando el hashtag #EstadoDeDerechosMX

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The U.S.Department of State and U.S. Embassy Mexico presented “Government Transparency and New Technology,” a discussion on the role of technology in ensuring government transparency. This event highlighted the many ways in which Mexican civil society utilizes technology to encourage citizen participation, gain access to information, and enable good governance. ...Read More

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Readout of Ambassador Power's Meeting with Maria Savchenko, Nadiya Savchenko's Mother
Apr 22, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

It has now been 307 days since Nadiya Savchenko was abducted in eastern Ukraine and smuggled against her will into Russia. I was very moved to hear Maria talk about Nadiya and can only imagine how painful it must be to see one’s daughter’s health deteriorate in prison, with no clear idea about when she might be freed. ...Read More
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Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski Travels to Mexico
Apr 21, 2015 | Office of the Spokesperson

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will travel to Mexico April 21 – 24 where he will attend the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee meetings.

While there, he also will discuss Mexico’s human rights, democracy, and accountability issues with senior government officials, civil society leaders, human rights and rule of law experts, and journalists and media advocates.

The Assistant Secretary will participate in an interactive exchange forum with representatives ...Read More

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