Slavery Protesters Convicted in Mauritania

FILE - Mauritanian anti-slavery protesters march to demand the liberation of imprisoned abolitionist leader Biram Ould Abeid during a previous arrest.

01/23/2015
We urge the appellate court to review both the convictions and the sentencing without delay. More

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For more than two decades the Lord's Resistance Army, a small, ruthless armed band has terrorized a large area of Central Africa in a campaign of kidnapping, murder and rape.

Audio Nigeria's Terror Attacks Take a Terrible Toll

Raids and suicide attacks by Boko Haram terrorists have wreaked havoc in northeast Nigeria and border areas of Cameroon in recent weeks.

Audio The Fight Continues Against Ebola

We are beginning to see signs that the massive international effort to combat Ebola in West Africa is working.

Audio Helping Ethiopia Fight Child Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $10 million toward a cooperative agreement with an NGO to implement a project addressing exploitative labor among youth in Ethiopia.

Audio No Tolerance for U.S. Citizens Plotting Violence Abroad

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Audio Supporting Education in Ghana

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded its flagship education project in Ghana, Partnership for Education: Learning, to FHI 360, an international human development NGO.

Audio Fighting Ebola - Still Much to Do

“In Liberia, the outbreak has slowed dramatically ... but the outbreak continues to surge in Sierra Leone."

Audio Political Peace in Somalia

The United States welcomes the Parliamentary confirmation of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.

Audio Indian Ocean Tsunami 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago today, a tremendous earthquake centered just off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra coastline, created an enormous tsunami that spread across the Indian ocean and deluged the coastal communities there.

Audio Regional Coordination Needed to Restore Peace in Sahel

The United States is fully committed to supporting regional counterterrorism efforts and to the wider promotion of stability across the Sahel.

Audio Leadership Needed to End South Sudan Conflict

“Today, I appeal to the leaders of South Sudan to pursue peace as a way to honor those who have died. It is in your hands to end the cycle of violence."

Audio Bringing Electricity to Africa's Underserved

Lack of inexpensive, reliable energy delivery is one of the chief obstacles to growth and development in much of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Audio Challenges Remain In Liberia's Ebola Fight

With the United States leading the way, the international community’s response to the Ebola fever epidemic gripping West Africa has slowed the disease’s spread in hard-hit Liberia.

Audio Food Aid Cuts Threaten African Refugees

We welcome the important contributions the United Kingdom and Denmark announced recently for Kenya and urge other countries and entities to make further donations.

Audio Nigeria Under Seige

Suspected Islamic extremists are on the rampage in northern Nigeria, recently attacking a mosque, police facility and a crowded market, killing more than 100 innocent people.

Audio Namibia Votes

The citizens of Namibia voted November 28 in Africa’s first electronic election, an example for other nations for commitment to the democratic process.

Audio Attacks On Civilians In DRC

The United States is deeply concerned by the brutality and the increasingly frequent attacks on the civilian population of Beni territory, North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Audio U.S. Working To Protect African Fisheries

In Africa, where more than 200 million people eat fish as a main source of protein, sustainable fishing is critical.

Audio International Community Stands With The People of The C.A.R.

The international coalition working to bring peace to the Central African Republic met recently in the capital, Bangui, to reaffirm its commitment to helping end the crisis there.

Audio A Hopeful Sign in Burkina Faso

The West African nation of Burkina Faso is taking the first steps toward returning to democratic rule with the naming of an interim president.

Audio World Leaders Step Up the Fight Against Ebola

Heads of state said they were committed to do what is necessary to ensure a coordinated international effort to stem the outbreak and address its medium-term economic and humanitarian costs.

Audio Somali Government Turmoil Threatens The Nation

A push by supporters of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud to remove Somalia’s Prime Minister from office is threatening to paralyze the government there.

Audio Partnering for Change in Tanzania

The United States is committed to strengthening ties with the nations of Africa, one of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing regions.

Audio Lawful Transfer Of Power Needed In Burkino Faso

Following clashes between protesters and security forces, military leaders who took over Burkina Faso announced that they will install a transitional government in the West African nation based on “broad consensus.“

Audio Botswana Election Sets Worthy Example

President Ian Khama was sworn in for a second term as leader of Botswana on October 28 after the ruling Botswana Democratic Party retained its Parliamentary majority in elections last week.

Audio S. Sudan Fighting Must Not Upset Peace Process

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Audio Another Step Toward Democracy In Tunisia

On October 26th, 2014, Tunisia held its second post-revolutionary election, and its first full-term parliamentary contest.

Audio U.N. Plays An Important Role In The DRC

The United States has expressed deep concern over the decision of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to expel the U.N.’s top human rights official and strongly urges officials to reverse the decision.

Audio Travel Ban is No Answer in Ebola Crisis

Amid concern by many in the United States over the possible spread of Ebola fever, government officials have begun limiting flights carrying passengers from three West African nations to arrival at five U.S. airports.

Audio Confronting Ebola a Top U.S. Priority

The U.S. is actively engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak. It has deployed more than 750 U.S. government personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. response to a global health crisis.

Audio International Effort Needed to Fight Ebola

The United States calls on the international community to join us in this fight.

Presidential Term Limits Key to Democracy in Africa

Support for democracy and free and fair elections are at the heart of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, and reflected in polling data from across the continent.

Audio Political Spoilers Continue To Threaten C.A.R's Future

The people of the Central African Republic, international peacekeepers and aid workers continue to come under attack by armed groups there, a nation roiled by almost two years of violence that has displaced over a million people and killed as many as 5,000.

Audio Concern Over Reported Arrest Of Sudanese Activists

Security forces in Sudan arrested scores of Sudanese activists in the lead up to the one year anniversary of massive public protests against the lifting of government fuel subsidies in September 2013.

Audio U.S. Rallies Support to End South Sudan Crisis

The U.S. worked at the recent UNGA to focus greater attention and pressure toward ending the political crisis in South Sudan.

Audio Guinea Massacre Crimes Still Go Unpunished

Indictments, summons not respected in Conakry killings.

Audio Probe Needed In Rwanda-Burundi Lake Deaths

Several dead bodies found floating in a lake on the border between Burundi and Rwanda remain unidentified.

Audio U.S. Supports U.N. Mission In Mali

As the government of Mali and representatives of three armed rebel groups continue talks aimed at ending the political crisis that has torn apart the West African nation, other factions still bent on violence have stepped up attacks on international peacekeepers.

Audio U.S. Mobilizes Response to Ebola Crisis

President Barack Obama announced that the United States will soon send 3,000 military personnel and stepped-up medical aid to West Africa.