Religious freedom remains a concern in China.
Religious freedom does not exist in North Korea, according to the State Department’s 2015 International Religious Freedom Report.
Senior officials from the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane and U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) met August 1-3 in Honolulu with senior officials from the Lao Ministry of National Defense (MND) for the 11th Lao-United States Bilateral Defense Dialogue.
Human rights monitors and the international community have expressed concern at the recent sentencing of Chinese human rights defenders.
Five year, $26-million project will be implemented by the U.S.-based, non-profit human development organization, FHI 360.
The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan met recently in Washington with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Training program aims to implement innovation globally.
The United States Department of State issued its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which evaluates the efforts of 188 countries and territories to fight modern slavery.
In late July, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam met in Vientiane, Laos, for the 9th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting.
Secretary Kerry spoke on the urgency of doing more together to fight trafficking of all kinds.
The U.S. is providing nearly $800,000 in aid to help Mongolians mitigate the effects of the 2015-2016 winter emergency and develop systems to increase disaster preparedness.