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The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde welcomed students from the International Marketing and Regional Integration programs of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon, or IRIC, to the James Baldwin Information Resource Center, or IRC, to acquaint themselves with the functioning of the center, and to have access to relevant resources for their academic research work.

Audio U.S. - Cameroon Relations

"Boko Haram will be defeated, so that Cameroonians can build a future of peace and prosperity through their own talents and ideas.” More

Opposition supporters clash with Venezuelan National Guards during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2016.

Audio Genuine Dialogue Needed in Venezuela

The United States is concerned by deteriorating economic conditions in Venezuela along with reports of increasing violence. More

A file photo taken Jan. 19, 2016 shows displaced people walking next to a razor wire fence at the United Nations base in the capital Juba, South Sudan.

Audio All South Sudan Parties Must Heed Peace Agreement

Eight months ago, the leaders of South Sudan’s two main warring parties, President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, signed a peace agreement to end the conflict that for 20 months had devastated the young nation. More

FILE - A relative of a victim reacts during a ceremony honoring people killed in protests against a referendum on changing the constitution to eliminate presidential term limits in Brazzaville, Congo, Oct. 30, 2015.

Audio Disappointing Election in Republic of Congo

On March 20th the Republic of Congo held presidential elections considered flawed. More

Audio U.S. - Bahamas Cooperation on Combating Corruption

The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas, through the U.S. Department of State, sponsored a sub‑regional International Visitor Leadership Program professional exchange program focused on “Combating Corruption”. More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Election Re-run in Zanzibar

“We regret the Zanzibar Electoral Commission’s decision to hold a re-run of the 25 October 2015 election, without a mutually acceptable and negotiated solution to the current political impasse."

Audio Ukraine Must Rise Up to Meet Challenges

It is critical for Ukraine's leaders to set aside their differences and put their people and country first.

Audio Second Anniversary of Sham Referendum in Crimea

This month marks the second anniversary of the sham referendum on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, which Russia held in violation of international law and the Ukrainian constitution.

Audio A New President for Burma

Burma’s Union Parliament has elected Htin Kyaw, of the National League for Democracy, as the country’s first truly civilian president in more than fifty years.

Audio Africans Stand Against Corruption

United States Ambassador to Cameroon Michael S. Hoza underscored the importance of transparency and strong institutions as he joined 20 ministers of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon this month at an anti-corruption forum hosted at the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde.

Audio Ukrainian Wins Democracy Defender Award

The United States congratulates Ukrainian civil society activist Oleksandra Matviychuk for winning the Democracy Defender Award.

Audio Venezuelan Democracy Must Include All Parties

The United States remains concerned about actions taken by the Venezuelan administration to silence its opponents, which have led to a climate of intimidation, repression and political polarization.

Audio Twenty-five years of U.S. Albanian Relations

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of U.S.-Albanian diplomatic relations.

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 VOA Creole - 30 Years of Outstanding Journalism

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

Audio Kerry in Cambodia

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.