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Democracy and Governance

Haitian Journalists with Creole Service Chief Ronald Cesar, Latin America Division Director Yolanda Lopez, and Deputy IBB Director Jeffrey Trimble.

Audio VOA Creole - 30 Years of Outstanding Journalism

On February 7, 2016, the Voice of America Creole Service celebrates its 30th anniversary. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 26, 2016.

Audio Kerry in Cambodia

The U.S. cares deeply about respect for human rights, universal freedoms, and good governance. More

Switzerland US Kerry

Audio Kerry on Corruption

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the need to fight corruption at all levels of society. More

 Members from the pro-democracy Civic Party carry a portrait of Gui Minhai (L) and Lee Bo during a protest outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China January 19, 2016.

Audio Coerced Televised Chinese Confessions

The United States is concerned about the growing number of people in China recently who appear to have been coerced to confess to alleged crimes on state media. More

National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken are seen following a meeting.

Audio Blinken in Burma

Election results “validate the sacrifices made by many brave Burmese in the years when even dreaming of this day was dangerous.” More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Calling for Fair Elections in Uganda

For the sake of Uganda and all of its people, the upcoming elections must be free, fair and transparent.

Audio Local Communities Key to Fighting Terrorism

Real progress against terrorism requires not only eliminating terrorists, but also disrupting the process by which people become terrorists. Only a broader and more holistic approach can ensure that new recruits don't join the ISIL battlefield.

Audio Haiti's Second Round of Elections Set

The United States welcomes the announcement of the Haitian Presidential Decree calling on the people of Haiti to participate in the second round of the presidential election and remaining legislative elections on January 24.

Audio Elections in the Central African Republic

The peaceful conduct and high turnout in the first round of presidential and parliamentary elections in the Central African Republic are clear signs that Central Africans seek a new beginning for their country.

Referendum in Rwanda

The United States on December 19th expressed disappointment in the process followed by the Government of Rwanda to call a referendum on short notice to amend the Rwandan constitution.

Sanctioning CAR Militia Commanders

U.S. Treasury Department action “targets two individuals who threaten the stability of the Central African Republic’s Transitional Government and undermine free and fair elections.

Promoting Democracy in Belarus

The United States and Belarus recently convened the second Working Group for Democracy and Human Rights.

Audio Progress Against Corruption in Ukraine

Some anticorruption measures since Ukraine’s current government was elected in 2014 have been significant.

Audio Positive Steps for Democracy in Venezuela

Elections point to the real possibility that a genuine democratic, political dialogue in Venezuela could emerge.

Audio Biden in the Ukraine

On a recent visit to Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged the economic and political reforms the country has made over the past year.

Audio U.S. - Angola Dialogue

The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Chikoti was the second ministerial level meeting of the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue.

Audio U.S. Lauds Peaceful Elections in Burkina Faso

“Burkina Faso’s commitment to a peaceful and transparent election is a model to be emulated."

Audio More Attacks on Civil Society in Russia

The United States is deeply troubled by the Russian Government’s continued restrictions against civil society organizations in Russia.

Audio Unity, Not Isolationism Will Defeat Da'esh

We must be vigilant but also stay true to our common values.

Audio Countering Threats to Press Freedom

Freedom of expression is a “foundational human right.”

Audio Promoting Democracy in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, the United States believes that accountable governments, the rule of law, and respect for human rights provide the foundation for long-term political stability and sustainable development.

Audio Nuland on NATO Support of Ukraine

"The best antidote to Russian aggression and malign influence is Ukraine’s success as a democratic, prosperous, European state.”

Audio Zionism is Not Racism Anniversary

"We are resolved to tell the world that we will condemn anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, no matter how their proponents attempt to cloak it in some false mantle of respectability."

Audio Kerry in Tunisia

In Tunisia, where the Arab Spring was born, democratic progress continues. On a recent visit there, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "the eyes of the world are on Tunisia, and America wants Tunisia to succeed."

Audio U.S. Stands with Paris

​The American people stand in solidarity with the people of France in the wake of the recent and tragic terror attack in Paris.