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2018-09-12

Working Session 4: Rule of law I, including: Right to a fair trial; Independence of the judiciary; Democratic law-making

The United States is committed to strengthening the rule of law within the OSCE region and across the globe. We are particularly concerned when authorities turn laws into political weapons to punish individuals for exercising their fundamental freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and religion or belief. Judicial independence is essential to democratic government.

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The United States and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Ibrahim Jadhran

Today, the the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran pursuant to Executive Order 13726. Consequently, all of Jadhran’s assets within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.

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Certification to Congress on Actions of Saudi Arabia and UAE in Yemen Under the NDAA

Pursuant to Section 1290 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA), I certified to Congress yesterday that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments.

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Statement by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on Actions of Saudi Arabia and UAE in Yemen

I endorse and fully support Secretary Pompeo's certification to the Congress that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are making every effort to reduce the risk ...

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Coders, Technologists, and Conservationists Tackle Wildlife Trafficking Challenges at Zoohackathon 2018

The U.S. Department of State will host the third annual Zoohackathon in Madrid, Spain; Mumbai, India; San Diego, California; and Entebbe, Uganda, September 15-16, 2018; and in New Delhi, India, September 22-23, 2018. The Zoohackathon events bring together coders, designers, university students, and conservation enthusiasts to combat wildlife trafficking through digital and technological innovations.

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Statement from the President

Today, I took action to protect the integrity of the United States electoral system by signing an Executive Order to ensure that we can swiftly identify and punish any foreign interference in our elections. As I have made clear, the United States will not tolerate any form of foreign meddling in our elections.

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Debate on UN Peacekeeping Reform

Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Lacroix and Ms. Blakemore, for your briefings and for your commitment to UN peacekeeping reform.

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OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

The United States is committed to protecting human rights while countering terrorism and violent extremism. We believe in the necessity of independent judiciaries that uphold the rule of law; police and security forces that respect human rights; space for members of civil society groups and all individuals to exercise their human rights, including freedom of expression; and protection for freedom of religion and other fundamental freedoms to ensure lasting stability and security.

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Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine

The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct "elections" in the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics." Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements.

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President Donald J. Trump Is Working to Protect Our Nation’s Elections from Foreign Interference

"We're going to take strong action to secure our election systems and the process." - President Donald J. Trump

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