The United States welcomes the Parliamentary confirmation of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.
This month marks the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of one of Laos' most respected civil society figures.
The United States supports the right of the Haitian people to go to the polls to determine their future.
On December 9, the newly constituted Kosovo Assembly voted in a new governing coalition, ending the lengthy period of government formation since the June elections.
On December 10th, the global community observes International Human Rights Day, to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“This sets the stage for the difficult but necessary process of implementing reforms and delivering results."
The citizens of Namibia voted November 28 in Africa’s first electronic election, an example for other nations for commitment to the democratic process.
The United States remains concerned by the ongoing detention and prosecution of public interest lawyers, journalists, bloggers, religious leaders, and others who challenge official Chinese policies and actions.
The West African nation of Burkina Faso is taking the first steps toward returning to democratic rule with the naming of an interim president.
“In the past two years, important changes have been made. ... At the same time, it’s clear how much hard work remains to be done, and that many difficult choices still lie ahead.”
Deliberations on whether to try a white police officer for the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teenager are focusing attention on a unique aspect of America’s criminal justice system, the grand jury.
When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, it started a series of revolutions that changed Europe, and the world.