As a sign of the U.S. government’s ongoing commitment to combating human trafficking, the State Department released its 20th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report.
The Chinese Communist Party has imposed draconian new security legislation on Hong Kong.
U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback declared that people in China and Iran are suffering greatly on account of their faith.
“In Uzbekistan, steps have been taken to improve its record on religious freedom, and those steps continue," said Ambassador-at-Large Brownback.
“Promoting religious liberty is a pillar of our new multi-year country strategies,” said Acting Administrator Barsa.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made clear that the United States’ defense of religious freedom around the world is “a moral imperative.”
“This was a plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations with the United Kingdom in the Declaration of 1984 and explicit provisions of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.”
The Government of Sudan has taken the first steps to ban the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) in all parts of the country.
The Communist government of Cuba continues to imprison, persecute, and intimidate journalists and their families.
After more than two decades on the run, one of the world’s most wanted men, 84-year-old Felicien Kabuga, was arrested on May 16 by the French Police near Paris.
The U.S. government has repeatedly called upon the People’s Republic of China to stop punishing its citizens for peacefully observing their faith, and to respect the rights of its citizens to practice their religion freely.
Two years ago, USAID began funding a five-year, $15 million Central Asia Media Program implemented by Internews in hopes of developing a more balanced information environment in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.