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Attacks by the Terrorist PKK Organization in the IKR

The United States strongly condemns the attacks by the terrorist PKK organization yesterday against Kurdistan Regional security officials in Iraq.

OSCE Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus released on November 5 describes sustained human rights violations and abuses committed on a massive scale and with impunity by the Belarusian authorities during the fraudulent August 9 election and its aftermath. The abuses against peaceful demonstrators, opposition activists, and journalists include torture, arbitrary detention, and curtailment of the exercise of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly.

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. Secretary Pompeo expressed appreciation for Estonia’s hosting of the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit, reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to invest up to $1 billion in Three Seas infrastructure projects, and commended Estonia for taking decisive action against Hizballah, which sent a strong message in Europe.

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On the 41st Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Takeover in Tehran

Forty-one years ago today, Ayatollah Khomeini’s followers broke into the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took more than 50 U.S. diplomats hostage. For the next 444 days, the Iranian regime tormented these brave Americans and their families who did not know if they would ever see their loved ones again. The survivors of the Iran hostage crisis embody the courage of our diplomatic corps. Today we honor the sacrifice made by these patriots and those who worked tirelessly to free them.


Sudan Making Progress

Today, the White House issued a notice for the continuation of the national emergency with respect to Sudan declared in Executive Order 13067 of 1997. This notice maintains certain Sudan-related authorities, which the United States relies on to implement our sanctions obligations under UN Security Council resolutions related to the conflict in Darfur.

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Arrest of Eight Pan-Democratic Politicians in Hong Kong

The United States strongly condemns the arrests of eight pan-democratic politicians in Hong Kong, including five sitting members of the Legislative Council. The arrest of these lawmakers six months after the incident in question is a clear abuse of law enforcement for political purposes.

Under Secretary Hale’s Call with Haitian President Moise

The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:

Under Secretary David Hale spoke by phone on October 29 with Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

A free press is essential to an informed citizenry. A vigorous press can, for instance, expose corruption, shine a light on human rights abuses, and provide the public essential information during crises.


U.S. Rescues American Held Hostage in Nigeria

The United States is committed to the safe return of all U.S. citizens taken captive. We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U.S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger.

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Joint Statement from the United States and Uzbekistan on Women, Peace, and Security

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Uzbekistan on the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

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