The United States has been, and always will be, a leader in transparent, rights-respecting governance. Our continued commitment to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process underscores the United States’ long-standing role as a global leader in advancing human rights.
The United States recognizes that Burma’s parliamentary elections, the second competitive national election since the end of military rule, mark an important step in the country’s democratic transition.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong-based officials continue to dismantle the promised autonomy and freedoms of Hong Kong through politically motivated arrests. Today, the U.S. Department of State is designating four PRC and Hong Kong officials in connection with implementing the PRC-imposed National Security Law and threatening the peace, security, and autonomy of Hong Kong, pursuant to Executive Order 13936.
Today, the United States opened the fourth U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue with the State of Kuwait launching a series of bilateral working groups in a virtual format.
Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against Syrian military officials, members of the Syrian Parliament, Government of Syria entities, and Syrian and Lebanese persons attempting to revive Syria’s deteriorating petroleum industry. Specifically, OFAC added seven individuals and 10 entities to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, pursuant to Syria sanctions authorities.
Today, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury sanctioned 19 individuals and entities under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 and other sanctions authorities.
Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Israel, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter crew assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B) in Honduras rescued victims stranded in floodwaters Nov. 5, following the effects of Hurricane Eta.
Today, the United States is designating Gibran Bassil, the leader of the Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement and a former Lebanese cabinet official, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 for his role in corruption. E.O. 13818, which builds on and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, targets corruption and serious human rights abuses around the world.
Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Gibran Bassil (Bassil), the President of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) political party and Member of Parliament (MP), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, for his role in corruption in Lebanon. E.O. 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, targets corruption and serious human rights abuse around the world.