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International Human Rights Day

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to identify common rights and freedoms for all people in all nations. An American, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, chaired the UN Human Rights Commission that drafted this landmark document. Chairwoman Roosevelt needed only to look at our own deep American traditions as inspiration for naming these inalienable, individual rights.


The Organization of American States’ Final Report of the Audit of the Elections in Bolivia

The United States commends the professional work of the Organization of American States (OAS) electoral audit mission in Bolivia. The thorough investigation presented by the 36 experts of 18 nationalities underscores that ‘deliberate’ and ‘malicious’ actions were taken to rig Bolivia’s election in favor of former President Evo Morales. This report offers 96 pages of evidence and over 500 pages of annexes to support its initial OAS findings after the October 20 election, including details on:

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The United States Takes Action Against Maduro-Aligned Individuals

On December 9, 2019, the United States sanctioned two officials aligned with the former Maduro regime pursuant to Executive Order 13692, as amended, which authorizes the designation of any person determined to be a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela.

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Countries need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software companies will not threaten their national security, privacy, intellectual property, or human rights. Trust cannot exist where telecom vendors are subject to an authoritarian government, like the People’s Republic of China (PRC), that lacks an independent judiciary or rule of law that would prevent misuse of data.


The telecom company Huawei wants to install its 5G equipment in networks worldwide. Since many are uneasy about the company, Huawei is aggressively spreading misleading and false information about its technical capabilities, ownership, and legal obligations to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Huawei cannot be trusted to tell the truth or protect the interests of others, and it should not be trusted with the vital security of 5G networks.


Fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology will form the backbone of future economic development and public services. Newly networked societies will critically rely on innovative new applications. Countries must take action now to safeguard their emerging 5G networks, because the stakes could not be higher.

International Anticorruption Day

Today, on International Anticorruption Day, we reaffirm our commitment to prevent and combat corruption globally. Corruption obstructs economic growth and development, facilitates transnational crime, and fuels terrorism, robbing citizens around the world of their basic rights. Corruption enables and sustains autocratic leaders, weakens faith in democratic systems, creates opportunities for predatory actors to take advantage of our partners.

Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to Participate in the Doha Forum

Washington – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin will travel to the Doha Forum accompanied by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. The Forum will take place in Qatar on December 14 and 15, 2019. Secretary Mnuchin and Advisor Trump will participate in the Forum’s programming and meet with government and business leaders regarding key economic objectives.

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Ambassador Sales’ Meeting with Sudan Prime Minster Hamdok

Acting with the authorities of the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales met Tuesday with the Republic of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Prime Minister Hamdok outlined the progress Sudan has made on democracy and human rights and expressed confidence that Sudan will succeed with the support of its partners.

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Release of Xiyue Wang from Iran

After more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the United States. A Princeton University graduate student, Mr. Wang had been held under the pretense of espionage since August 2016. We thank our Swiss partners for their assistance in negotiating Mr. Wang’s release with Iran.

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