On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict.
On June 19, the United States joins the international community in standing with the survivors of sexual violence in conflict. We mark the fourth International Day to Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict and 10 years since the United States under the leadership of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice led the international community in recognizing for the first time—via the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption of UNSCR 1820—that wartime rape is not just a human rights issue but a public health and security issue we cannot afford to ignore.
Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S.-European Media Hub in Brussels. I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East and thank all of you for joining this discussion.
The Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of Defense (DoD) are pleased to announce the release of the final report of the “Stabilization Assistance Review” (SAR).
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon. The Trump administration is committed to protecting and promoting the God-given dignity and freedom of every human being. Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable.
The United States welcomes the June 18 announcement by the Government of Honduras of the appointment of a new Chief of Mission of the Organization of American States' Mission of Support Against Impunity and Corruption in Honduras (MACCIH), Dr. Luiz Antonio Marrey Guimaraes of Brazil.
The United States congratulates Ivan Duque on his election as the next President of Colombia. We salute Colombia’s strong democracy, and reaffirm our admiration for its people and institutions. The United States looks forward to deepening our vibrant partnership based on our shared democratic values.
The United States condemns the ongoing government-sponsored violence and intimidation campaign in Nicaragua, including the June 16 arson attack against the home and business of a family in Managua, killing six, and the further intimidation of the family during the wake. Attacks and threats against peaceful protestors and the general population are unacceptable, and must cease.
The United States is deeply concerned by the growing number of individuals—now more than 150—identified by credible human rights organizations as political and religious prisoners held by the government of the Russian Federation.
Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone today.