The Democratic Republic of the Congo will hold an election in December, hopefully leading to a peaceful democratic transfer of power for the first time in the country’s history.
On July 24-26, the United States hosted the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
The Russian government continues to stifle press freedom and media independence.
Economic diplomacy has always been central to the State Department’s mission.
The United States condemns the Nicaraguan government’s violent response to peaceful Mother’s Day marches in Managua and other cities, including assaults on mothers mourning their children killed since protests began April 18.
In a number of developing countries, democracy is in decline.
On May 3rd, we observe World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of the unhindered flow of information to the public, and the critical role of media workers.
The human rights "reports are a natural outgrowth of our values as Americans,” said John Sullivan, who was serving as Acting Secretary of State at the time of the Reports’ rollout.
The Panamanian government has taken strong action in support of democracy and human rights for Venezuelans.
Vice President Mike Pence warned, “The greatest corruption of government is when the people lose their voice, their vote, their freedom, and their basic human rights under the heavy hand of dictatorship.”
“Like the citizens of your nations,” said Vice President Pence, “the people of the United States seek a future of opportunity and prosperity."
70 years ago this month, the United States implemented the European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan, in an effort to stabilize war-shattered Europe, and help it restore its industrial and agricultural production.