The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union.
Technological advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans.
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with the newly appointed Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.
Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you for your briefing. Thank you, Geir. And Noura, thank you so much for reminding us that we must not turn a blind eye, and may I express my sincere gratitude for your informative comments on such a very dear topic to me.
Free elections are the path out of Venezuela’s deep political crisis. Unfortunately, on June 12, the Maduro regime-controlled Supreme Court continued to manipulate the Venezuelan Constitution by illegally naming a new, regime-aligned National Electoral Council (CNE).
The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of the fair trial guarantees that Russia is required to provide him in accordance with its international human rights obligations.
Thank you so much, and thank you for all of your updates today. We hope the entire UNITAD team can fully return to its work in Baghdad as quickly and as safely as possible.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
On behalf of the United States government, I congratulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the Queen’s Birthday.
Human rights defender José Daniel Ferrer has spent most of his adult life imprisoned for trying to make Cuba a free nation. Ferrer has worked tirelessly to ensure all Cubans have a voice in the affairs of their own country. The Castro regime has responded by beating and torturing Ferrer, harassing and threatening his family and colleagues, and imprisoning him simply for demanding a better life for Cubans. Despite these abuses, Ferrer has persisted.