Secretary of State Tillerson Delivers Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom… [W]e pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations. ISIS’ brutal treatment of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East has drawn a great degree of attention over the last few years. The 2016 Annual Report details these atrocities.
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

In releasing the  2017 Trafficking in Persons report , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called  human trafficking  “one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.” The report assesses trafficking in 187 countries, including the United States, and emphasizes the need to hold traffickers accountable and prosecute them. Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who joined Tillerson for the report ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – France

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – France Executive Summary France is a multiparty constitutional democracy. The president of the republic is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Voters elected Francois Hollande to that position in 2012. The upper house (Senate) of the bicameral parliament is elected indirectly through an electoral ...
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Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States Leaders’ Statement on the situation in Aleppo

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 07, 2016 Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States Leaders’ Statement on the situation in Aleppo   A humanitarian disaster is taking place before our very eyes. Some 200,000 civilians, including many children, in eastern Aleppo are cut off from food ...
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2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate ...
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June 20 is World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, June 20, is a day to honor the nearly 60 million people displaced from their countries by violence and persecution. The United States is the largest single humanitarian donor, providing billions of dollars per year to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with life-saving assistance. The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provides protection, eases suffering, and works to resolve the ...
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2016 World Day Against Child Labor: Child Labor and Supply Chains

Today, World Day Against Child Labor, we renew our commitment to promoting internationally recognized labor rights, and combating forced labor and the worst forms of child labor. The International Labor Organization estimates that more than 168 million children are engaged in child labor across a wide variety of industries. Under initiatives like the UN Sustainable ...
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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016 LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2016 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union.  This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals ...
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2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

13 April 2016  2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices      Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices(commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world. The 2015 Reports highlight the intensified global crackdown by ...
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Secretary Kerry : ISIS responsible for Genocide

Remarks on Daesh and Genocide   John Kerry Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC Learn more: Atrocities Prevention Report March 17, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. In 2014, the terrorist group Daesh began to seize territory in Syria and Iraq, overrunning major cities and committing atrocities. The United States responded quickly by denouncing these horrific acts and ...
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