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International Day of Democracy

On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A vibrant, diverse, and independent civil society is the cornerstone of ensuring these fundamental freedoms.  

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Travel to Berlin and Moscow

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker will travel to Berlin and Moscow September 16 to 18 for meetings with senior officials and to attend key events.

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U.S. Delegation to the 2019 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Ambassador James S. Gilmore III will lead the U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to be held in Warsaw, Poland, September 16-27, 2019. This annual meeting will bring together hundreds of civil society representatives and government officials from North America, Europe, and Central Asia for talks to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Conclusion of the Eighth Round of Negotiations to Modernize the Columbia River Treaty Regime

The United States and Canada held the eighth round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime September 10-11 in Cranbrook, British Colombia. The negotiating teams discussed issues related to ecosystem cooperation, flood risk management, and hydropower.

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Telephonic Press Briefing with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robert Strayer

Moderator: Thank you, and greetings to everyone from the London Hub for International Media Engagement. I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from around the world and thank all of you for joining the discussion today.

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Ambassador Nathan A. Sales Travels to Israel to Participate in International Institute for Counterterrorism’s World Summit

Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will be in Israel on September 12 to deliver a keynote address at the closing session of the International Institute for Counterterrorism’s annual World Summit.

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The United States Joins the Interim Government of Venezuela and Other Countries in Invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance

The United States joins the Interim Government of Venezuela and ten other countries in invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR). This Venezuelan-led request is proof of the region’s support for the Venezuelan people and recognition of the increasingly destabilizing influence that the former regime of Nicolas Maduro is having on the region.

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Religious Freedom in Cuba

This past weekend, many in Cuba, and many Cuban Americans, joyfully celebrated the Feast of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre (La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre), the patron saint of Cuba. On this occasion, we again call on the Cuban regime to end its repression of the Cuban people, including its suppression of religious freedom.

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Public Designation Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights of Vladimir Yermolayev and Stepan Tkach, Officials of the Investigative Committee in the Russian Federation

The Department is publicly designating Vladimir Petrovich Yermolayev, the Head of the Investigative Committee in the city of Surgut, Russia, and Stepan Vladimirovich Tkach, Senior Investigator at the Investigative Committee of Surgut, Russia, under Section 7031(c) of the FY2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to their involvement in gross violations of human rights.  Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

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Terrorist Designations under Amended Executive Order to Modernize Sanctions to Combat Terrorism

Today, the President signed an Executive Order modernizing and strengthening sanctions authorities to combat terrorism. Today’s Executive Order is the most significant update of terrorist designation authorities since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and will enable the United States to more effectively sanction the leaders of terrorist organizations and those who train to commit acts of terrorism.

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