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2020-11-09

On U.S. Dedication to Human Rights

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.

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Burma’s Parliamentary Elections

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.

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Designations of Four PRC and Hong Kong Officials Threatening the Peace, Security, and Autonomy of Hong Kong

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.

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The United States and Kuwait Launch Fourth Strategic Dialogue

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.

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Treasury Imposes Sanctions on Petroleum Network, Senior Syrian Officials, and Syrian Entities

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.


Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Douma, Syria

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.


2020-11-07

Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams Travels to Middle East

Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Israel, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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2020-11-06

JTF-Bravo rescues victims of Hurricane Eta

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.

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The United States Designates Corrupt Lebanese Political Leader Gibran Bassil

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.

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Treasury Targets Corruption in Lebanon

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.

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