U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor

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Department of State leads U.S. efforts to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally.

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"Shoring up our democracy is a foreign policy imperative . . . I take heart from the fact that we’re dealing with our st...
12/27/2021
A Foreign Policy for the American People - United States Department of State

"Shoring up our democracy is a foreign policy imperative . . .

I take heart from the fact that we’re dealing with our struggles out in the open. And that sets us apart from many other countries. We don’t ignore our failures and shortcomings or try sweep them under the rug and pretend they don’t exist. We confront them for the world to see. It’s painful. Sometimes it’s ugly. But it’s how we make progress.

Still, there’s no question that our democracy is fragile. People around the world have seen that. Many recognize in our challenges the challenges that they’re facing. And now they’re watching us because they want to see whether our democracy is resilient, whether we can rise to the challenge here at home. That will be the foundation for our legitimacy in defending democracy around the world for years to come.

Why does that matter? Because strong democracies are more stable, more open, better partners to us, more committed to human rights, less prone to conflict, and more dependable markets for our goods and services."

- Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good morning. My fellow Americans, five weeks ago I was sworn in as your Secretary of State. My job is to represent the United States to the world, to fight for the interests and values of the American people. When President Biden asked me to serve, he made sure that I understood....

Josephine Baker is the first black women to be honored in France's Panthéon. Born in the U.S., she became a star in Fran...
12/24/2021

Josephine Baker is the first black women to be honored in France's Panthéon. Born in the U.S., she became a star in France, where she used her fame to advocate for civil rights & hide Jewish refugees in her countryside estate during WWII.

Read about this hero here. http://ow.ly/h55b50HiR8P

Josephine Baker is the first black women to be honored in France's Panthéon. Born in the U.S., she became a star in France, where she used her fame to advocate for civil rights & hide Jewish refugees in her countryside estate during WWII.

Read about this hero here. http://ow.ly/h55b50HiR8P

12/22/2021

President Joe Biden released the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity & Equality. The 10-point plan addresses some of the biggest issues we face as a result of the pandemic:
✔️disproportionate job loss for women
✔️increased incidents of gender-based violence
✔️access to health care

Department of State: Office of Global Women's Issues

Read more here. http://ow.ly/QAlV50Hhso7

The holiday season is a time to show gratitude. We are grateful our democracy protects our human rights. As we reflect o...
12/21/2021

The holiday season is a time to show gratitude. We are grateful our democracy protects our human rights.

As we reflect on the #SummitForDemocracy during this #YearOfAction, we will revisit Americans who exercise and advance human rights.

The holiday season is a time to show gratitude. We are grateful our democracy protects our human rights.

As we reflect on the #SummitForDemocracy during this #YearOfAction, we will revisit Americans who exercise and advance human rights.

12/20/2021

We applaud last week’s EU Court of Justice decision on recognition of the nationality of children of same-sex parents as a major victory for human rights. 🇪🇺 All citizens of democratic countries – regardless of sexual orientation – should be treated equally.

- Jessica Stern, U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons

12/20/2021

We are watching the trend of service workers forming unions across the world while we sip our peppermint lattes in solidarity with Starbucks union baristas in the U.S., Canada, Chile, and New Zealand. ☕ Workers’ rights are fundamental to strong and healthy democracies. #1u

You can learn more about workers’ rights here: http://ow.ly/S7s250HfHgb

The #SummitforDemocracy might have ended, but our work is just beginning.Together, we're launching:✅ partnerships to str...
12/20/2021
Summit for Democracy: Progress for the future

The #SummitforDemocracy might have ended, but our work is just beginning.

Together, we're launching:
✅ partnerships to strengthen cooperation among democracies
✅ new tools for accountability & transparency
✅ a position to coordinate global anti-corruption efforts

Check out our exciting commitments here.

Learn about some of the initiatives resulting from the December 9–10 virtual Summit for Democracy, hosted by President Biden.

The #SummitForDemocracy highlighted why we need to defend free and fair elections and political processes.  In support o...
12/18/2021

The #SummitForDemocracy highlighted why we need to defend free and fair elections and political processes.

In support of this goal, USAID - US Agency for International Development will provide up to $17.5 million for the Defending Democratic Elections Fund. This fund will work on implementing evidence-based responses to various electoral threats like disinformation and violence.

USAID will also provide up to $2.5 million to launch the Coalition for Securing Electoral Integrity. This coalition will bring together international partners to develop and promote norms and codes of conduct on electoral integrity issues.

Learn more about the outcomes of the #SummitForDemocracy here: http://ow.ly/rbG750HbL65

The #SummitForDemocracy highlighted why we need to defend free and fair elections and political processes.

In support of this goal, USAID - US Agency for International Development will provide up to $17.5 million for the Defending Democratic Elections Fund. This fund will work on implementing evidence-based responses to various electoral threats like disinformation and violence.

USAID will also provide up to $2.5 million to launch the Coalition for Securing Electoral Integrity. This coalition will bring together international partners to develop and promote norms and codes of conduct on electoral integrity issues.

Learn more about the outcomes of the #SummitForDemocracy here: http://ow.ly/rbG750HbL65

Digital spaces should uphold democracy – not harm it. The U.S. will harness the power of technology for democracy as dis...
12/17/2021

Digital spaces should uphold democracy – not harm it. The U.S. will harness the power of technology for democracy as discussed in the #SummitForDemocracy.

The Internet must be open and reliable. The U.S. will strengthen the Freedom Online Coalition , a multi-stakeholder effort to support Internet freedom and human rights online, by expanding membership and deepening efforts to tackle digital diplomatic challenges: freedomonlinecoalition.com

Repressive governments are using technology to abuse human rights. The U.S. and partners announced the Export Controls and Human Rights Initiative to defend against these digital threats. You can learn more about the initiative here: http://ow.ly/cr0X50HcuAY

Digital spaces should uphold democracy – not harm it. The U.S. will harness the power of technology for democracy as discussed in the #SummitForDemocracy.

The Internet must be open and reliable. The U.S. will strengthen the Freedom Online Coalition , a multi-stakeholder effort to support Internet freedom and human rights online, by expanding membership and deepening efforts to tackle digital diplomatic challenges: freedomonlinecoalition.com

Repressive governments are using technology to abuse human rights. The U.S. and partners announced the Export Controls and Human Rights Initiative to defend against these digital threats. You can learn more about the initiative here: http://ow.ly/cr0X50HcuAY

As part of the U.S. commitment to support civil society and human rights defenders in Central Asia and worldwide, State ...
12/17/2021

As part of the U.S. commitment to support civil society and human rights defenders in Central Asia and worldwide, State Department officials met this week with civil society representatives from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to learn about progress made and the challenges that remain.

Strong civil society and respect for human rights are the foundation of strong, stable, and prosperous societies. Learn more about how the U.S. supports human rights defenders here: http://ow.ly/HFNO50HcAFs

As part of the U.S. commitment to support civil society and human rights defenders in Central Asia and worldwide, State Department officials met this week with civil society representatives from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to learn about progress made and the challenges that remain.

Strong civil society and respect for human rights are the foundation of strong, stable, and prosperous societies. Learn more about how the U.S. supports human rights defenders here: http://ow.ly/HFNO50HcAFs

Democracy includes everyone. As part of our #SummitForDemocracy actions, the U.S. Department of State will provide up to...
12/17/2021
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Democracy includes everyone. As part of our #SummitForDemocracy actions, the U.S. Department of State will provide up to $5 million to launch the Global LGBTQI+ Inclusive Democracy & Empowerment Fund. 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️ Along with USAID, we will provide up to $33.5 million to launch the Advancing Women’s and Girls’ Civic & Political Leadership Initiative. These funds will work to guarantee that the LGBTQI+ community and women around the world can participate in democratic processes.

The State Department will also implement multiple initiatives to support activists, workers, and reform-minded leaders. We will provide up to $10 million to the Lifeline Embattled CSOs Assistance Fund which protects civil society organizations that carry out human rights work: csolifeline.org We will provide up to $1 million to establish the Bridging Understanding, Integrity, and Legitimacy for Democracy (BUILD) Initiative which assists professionals expand democracy in environments where it is limited.

#YearOfAction

Embattled CSO Assistance Fund

We must fight against corruption to protect democracy.  To begin our #YearOfAction following the #SummitForDemocracy, th...
12/15/2021

We must fight against corruption to protect democracy.

To begin our #YearOfAction following the #SummitForDemocracy, the U.S. launched its first government-wide strategy on countering corruption. In support, the U.S. Department of State is launching a Global Initiative to Galvanize the Private Sector as Partners in Combatting Corruption and leading a Democracies Against Safe Havens Initiative that will rally partner governments to detect and disrupt corruption. You can learn more about the full strategy here: http://ow.ly/vGVG50HbBVE

We’re also supporting the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, which combines hard-hitting investigative journalism with skillful civil society advocacy to expose bad actors and bring about legal and policy changes: https://www.transparency.org/en/projects/global-anti-corruption-consortium

You can read more here about other steps the U.S. will take to combat corruption as part of the Presidential Initiative for Democracy Renewal launched at the #SummitForDemocracy: http://ow.ly/poza50HbBW1

We must fight against corruption to protect democracy.

To begin our #YearOfAction following the #SummitForDemocracy, the U.S. launched its first government-wide strategy on countering corruption. In support, the U.S. Department of State is launching a Global Initiative to Galvanize the Private Sector as Partners in Combatting Corruption and leading a Democracies Against Safe Havens Initiative that will rally partner governments to detect and disrupt corruption. You can learn more about the full strategy here: http://ow.ly/vGVG50HbBVE

We’re also supporting the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, which combines hard-hitting investigative journalism with skillful civil society advocacy to expose bad actors and bring about legal and policy changes: https://www.transparency.org/en/projects/global-anti-corruption-consortium

You can read more here about other steps the U.S. will take to combat corruption as part of the Presidential Initiative for Democracy Renewal launched at the #SummitForDemocracy: http://ow.ly/poza50HbBW1

The Bill of Rights guided the United Nations's Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ designers and is a beacon for all ...
12/15/2021

The Bill of Rights guided the United Nations's Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ designers and is a beacon for all those yearning to live in free and just societies. The #SummitForDemocracy and #YearOfAction reflect these values and our continuous work to achieve these ideals for all.

Read President Joe Biden's Proclamation on Bill of Rights Day here: http://ow.ly/Lnfj50HbHnN

The Bill of Rights guided the United Nations's Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ designers and is a beacon for all those yearning to live in free and just societies. The #SummitForDemocracy and #YearOfAction reflect these values and our continuous work to achieve these ideals for all.

Read President Joe Biden's Proclamation on Bill of Rights Day here: http://ow.ly/Lnfj50HbHnN

Building on 30 years of bilateral relations and close partnership, our Deputy Assistant Secretary McDonald and other U.S...
12/15/2021

Building on 30 years of bilateral relations and close partnership, our Deputy Assistant Secretary McDonald and other U.S. government officials met today with Kazakhstani counterparts to further strengthen the U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue. 🇺🇸 🇰🇿

Human rights and fundamental freedoms were central to the discussion, from implementing reforms to protecting freedom of expression to strengthening Kazakhstani civil society. We will continue to support Kazakhstan’s pursuit of human rights reforms and look forward to working with them on the United Nations Human Rights Council in the 2022-2024 term.

Building on 30 years of bilateral relations and close partnership, our Deputy Assistant Secretary McDonald and other U.S. government officials met today with Kazakhstani counterparts to further strengthen the U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue. 🇺🇸 🇰🇿

Human rights and fundamental freedoms were central to the discussion, from implementing reforms to protecting freedom of expression to strengthening Kazakhstani civil society. We will continue to support Kazakhstan’s pursuit of human rights reforms and look forward to working with them on the United Nations Human Rights Council in the 2022-2024 term.

Independent media is essential to democracy. Building on the #SummitForDemocracy, the U.S. is launching a series of init...
12/14/2021
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Independent media is essential to democracy. Building on the #SummitForDemocracy, the U.S. is launching a series of initiatives to promote independent media and protect journalists.

With USAID - US Agency for International Development, we’re providing $5 million to launch a Media Viability Accelerator and $30 million to the new International Fund for Public Interest Media, co-chaired by Nobel laureate Maria Ressa: https://ifpim.org/ The new fund will support journalism in the face of economic and political threats to ensure media markets work for democracy.

Journalists themselves are also under attack: physically, legally, and digitally. In response, the U.S. is increasing our engagement with the Media Freedom Coalition, supporting a Defamation Defense Fund for Journalists, and the U.S. Department of State is establishing a Journalism Protection Platform to provide at-risk journalists with physical and digital security training, psychosocial care, and more. You can learn more about the Media Freedom Coalition here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/media-freedom-coalition-an-overview/media-freedom-coalition-an-overview

#YearOfAction

The International Fund for Public Interest Media will create the step change needed to enable media markets to work for democracy.

Last week at the inaugural #SummitForDemocracy, President Joe Biden convened governments, civil society groups, and the ...
12/14/2021
Fact Sheet: Announcing the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal | The White House

Last week at the inaugural #SummitForDemocracy, President Joe Biden convened governments, civil society groups, and the private sector to defend against authoritarianism, fight corruption, and advance respect for human rights.

We must take decisive steps to protect our democratic institutions and values. The Summit for Democracy is the first step toward change. Throughout the week, we'll highlight outcomes of the Summit for Democracy that will bolster democracy and defend human rights globally in this upcoming Year of Action.

“In the face of the sustained and alarming challenges to democracy and universal human rights around the world, more than ever, democracy needs

Our Deputy Assistant Secretary Kara McDonald was honored to meet today with Minister of Justice Davletov, Uzbekistan Nat...
12/13/2021

Our Deputy Assistant Secretary Kara McDonald was honored to meet today with Minister of Justice Davletov, Uzbekistan National Human Rights Center Director Dr. Saidov, and others as part of the U.S.-Uzbekistan Strategic Partnership Dialogue. 🇺🇸 🇺🇿 They discussed the importance of:

- Supporting civil society;
- Protecting vulnerable Afghans in the region; and
- Upholding religious freedom and freedom of expression.

We look forward to working with the Government of Uzbekistan in 2022 on the United Nations Human Rights Council and to holding each other accountable on reform intentions and human rights obligations.

#USUZ30

Our Deputy Assistant Secretary Kara McDonald was honored to meet today with Minister of Justice Davletov, Uzbekistan National Human Rights Center Director Dr. Saidov, and others as part of the U.S.-Uzbekistan Strategic Partnership Dialogue. 🇺🇸 🇺🇿 They discussed the importance of:

- Supporting civil society;
- Protecting vulnerable Afghans in the region; and
- Upholding religious freedom and freedom of expression.

We look forward to working with the Government of Uzbekistan in 2022 on the United Nations Human Rights Council and to holding each other accountable on reform intentions and human rights obligations.

#USUZ30

✈️ Our Deputy Assistant Secretary McDonald is packing her bags and prepping for an exciting week of engagement in Uzbeki...
12/13/2021
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu’s Travel to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan - United States Department of State

✈️ Our Deputy Assistant Secretary McDonald is packing her bags and prepping for an exciting week of engagement in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. 🇺🇿 🇰🇿 She will meet with government officials and civil society to encourage economic, democratic, and human rights reforms.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu will travel to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan on December 11-16. The delegation will include Deputy Assistant Secretary Kara McDonald, of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and other senior State Depart...

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