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10/30/2020
TIBET TV

As U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Assistant Secretary Robert Destro will continue advocating for meaningful autonomy and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Tibetan people.

“While they (China) have the rights to criticise the meeting, we have the rights to have whatever meetings we want” United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Robert A. Destro talks tough on China's criticism of his official meeting with the Tibetan President Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay at the State Department earlier this month.

10/29/2020
Women, Peace, & Security in 2020: Looking Toward the Future

The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues is hosting a Women, Peace, and Security roundtable to commemorate the 20th anniversary of UN Security Resolution 1325 on October 29, 2020 via a virtual platform to discuss how the UN and member states have succeeded in the past 20 years and how to ensure more women in the future can benefit from Women, Peace, and Security efforts.

The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security institutionalized the Women, Peace, and Security agenda as a key element of the international response to conflict, crisis, and recovery. While the agenda has been documented in a series of resolutions, not enough action has been taken. The U.S. is hosting a discussion focused on how to build on community efforts to date in order to keep the momentum moving forward with initiatives and engagement that are impact and results-based focused. The discussion will also focus on the issues facing women around the world, and where their rights are being abused.

Participants will join Ambassador Kelley Currie in highlighting best practices, lessons learned, and actionable steps to further advance the WPS agenda with a view toward the next 20 years.

Join @StateDept’s Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Kelley Currie, LIVE TOMORROW at 10:30 AM EST for a roundtable on...
10/29/2020

Join @StateDept’s Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Kelley Currie, LIVE TOMORROW at 10:30 AM EST for a roundtable on #WPSinAction with @RoyaRahmani, @Equidad_Mujer, @UAEMissionToUN, @USEmbassySA, & the @HudsonInstitute. Event will be live-streamed on http://ow.ly/cdmS50C5rvD.

Tomorrow @StateDept’s Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Kelley Currie, will sit down with @RoyaRahmani, @Equidad_Muj...
10/28/2020

Tomorrow @StateDept’s Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Kelley Currie, will sit down with @RoyaRahmani, @Equidad_Mujer, @UAEMissionToUN, @USEmbassySA, and the @HudsonInstitute to discussion #WPSinAction. The event will begin at 10:30 AM EST on http://ow.ly/dFkn50C5rzo.

10/27/2020

On International Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate everyone’s right to exercise their beliefs as they see fit. The freedom to practice one's faith without government interference is a cherished American value, one our forefathers fought for upon founding our nation.

10/24/2020
American Center New Delhi

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1305141636495970

On the 30th anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act, American Center New Delhi, American Spaces Mumbai, and Arts Envoy held a professional development workshop with BEAT mentors Chris Celiz and Chesney Snow, who trained 25 teachers on how to use beatboxing in their classroom to better engage students with disabilities. We have put together a highlight reel to show you how quickly the participants took to beatboxing!

#beatboxing #ACND #ADA30

Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State

U.S. Embassy Tanzania
10/23/2020

U.S. Embassy Tanzania

Maoni ya Balozi Wright kuhusu Uchaguzi wa Tanzania → https://bit.ly/3jimLM7

#Uchaguzi2020
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Ambassador Wright's Editorial on Tanzania's Elections → https://bit.ly/2HndiX8

#Elections2020

10/21/2020

In Senegal IFAD has trained hundreds of persons with disabilities with vocational and business skills that enable them to create self-sustaining and prosperous careers. We commend IFAD's work and recognize that disability rights are human rights!

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Justice Shorter. Please ...
10/20/2020

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Justice Shorter. Please see the second part to her story below:

Call Me Justice
(Part 2/2)
“There are so many injustices, not just in America, but also around the world, as it relates to people with disabilities. I know it can be tiresome sometimes to think about the magnitude of global inequities, but we all have so much further to go. We, right now, are in a moment in celebration of the ADA [30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act] and reflecting back on how far we've come, while simultaneously striving to look forward, in terms of where we hope to go.

I want to live in a world where there is a greater effort to make sure that people are able to live and thrive in their communities, where they have access to healthcare, education, housing, transportation as well as home and community based services. These basic supports should not be something that is disjointed and difficult to obtain or sustain, yet they continue to be out of reach for far too many people with disabilities in this country. Interdependence and support is essential in order to live the lives so many of us want and deserve. I want to live in that world.

I want to live in a world where there are Black people with disabilities who can walk the streets freely, without fear of police brutality or vigilante violence. I want a world that doesn’t revolve around anti-Blackness and racist structures. I want us all to know what freedom feels like. Shaping such a world requires a centering of those most impacted by injustice. Collective care and leadership by disabled Black, Indigenous & People of Color is what this world needs to arrive at a place where no one is left behind or deemed disposable.”

The United States condemns ​the arrest of writer, democracy, and human rights activist Pham Doan Trang. We urge the Gove...
10/20/2020

The United States condemns ​the arrest of writer, democracy, and human rights activist Pham Doan Trang. We urge the Government of Vietnam to immediately release her and drop all charges. Independent media play a vital role in the free exchange of info & serve as a crucial gov't watchdog. Press freedom, which is part of freedom of expression is fundamental to all people.

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Justine Justice Shorter....
10/19/2020

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Justine Justice Shorter. She shares some photos and a little bit of her story below:

(Part 1/2)
Call me Justice.

“I am a voracious reader so I am constantly reading new books-- novels and non-fiction, I love it all! There is, of course, Audre Lorde, I so highly recommend Sister Outsider, a touchstone in Black lesbian and Black feminist thought. And there’s Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, which is one of my favorite books and quite literally changed my life. Right now, a lot of my work revolves around emergencies, disaster protection and humanitarian crises, so that can be extremely difficult and daunting to maneuver on a day-to-day basis. Having good books helps me to unpack and understand those issues from a very humanized perspective. It's one thing to look at those issues from a purely academic level, but it's an entirely different experience to unpack emergencies and to really dig into disasters and humanitarian crises through the prism of personalized experiences. I think threads of capacity bridging, dream building, collective healing and disability justice all tether together everything I touch. I recently told a friend of mine, 'If I'm not working from a place of love, and a place of joy, and collective feeling, dream building, capacity bridging, all of those, then I don't want to be there.' Or it won't sustain me, right?"

10/14/2020
Ministerul Afacerilor Externe/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania

Tune in Live as DRL Deputy Assistant Secretary, Kara McDonald, speaks at the Community of Democracies virtual conference on Safeguarding Democracy and Countering Malign Foreign Influence.

Safeguarding Democracy and Countering Malign Foreign Influence Virtual Conference

Session I | Countering Malign Foreign Influence Aimed at Undermining Institutions and Norms
14 October, 2020, 5:30 p.m (Bucharest time, CET+1) (4:30 pm CET, 10:30 am EDT)

The event will serve as a platform for governments to draw attention to malign foreign efforts which have occurred in recent years, highlight trends, and discuss available democratic tools and frameworks to counter malign foreign influence. These may include: attacks on elections infrastructure; influencing electoral commissions; training media actors on providing favorable coverage for autocratic actors attacks against political parties and candidates; opaque political financing; sophisticated disinformation campaigns; and barriers to the free exchange of information.

The first part of the event will consist of remarks provided by high-level speakers from the Community of Democracies and a keynote presentation by a subject-matter expert. A panel discussion will then follow centered on how democracies can prepare to deter and defend against external threats from authoritarian influences aiming to weaken trust in democratic governments and societies, and undermine the rules-based international order.

Timeline Photos
10/12/2020

Timeline Photos

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the ...
10/10/2020

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of oneself and of one’s family, regardless of the conditions seen or unseen. #UDHR
#HumanRightsforAll
#WorldMentalHealthDay

Nurturing our mental health means we are better able to be active members in our families and communities, work producti...
10/10/2020

Nurturing our mental health means we are better able to be active members in our families and communities, work productively, and maintain our overall health. What helps nurture your mental health?

- Reaching out to family, friends or a licensed mental health
professional
- Being outdoors/exercising
- Relaxation techniques
- Helping others

U.S. Mission Nigeria
10/07/2020

U.S. Mission Nigeria

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Upcoming Elections in Ondo State

The United States urges all stakeholders to continue to work toward free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections in Ondo State. We reiterate our hope that all participants in the democratic process, including the INEC, political parties, and the security services, will take concrete steps to ensure a peaceful election that reflects the will of the people of Ondo. The United States remains committed to the U.S.-Nigeria partnership as we work together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.

Today the U.S. Department of State held the 24th annual US-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue where the United States reitera...
10/06/2020
2020 U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue - United States Department of State

Today the U.S. Department of State held the 24th annual US-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue where the United States reiterated the importance of enhancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, protecting vulnerable populations, and strengthening rule of law.

https://www.state.gov/2020-u-s-vietnam-human-rights-dialogue/

The 24th Annual U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue was held on October 6, 2020 via virtual sessions. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Atul Keshap welcomed the Vietnamese delegation to the Dialogue, highlighting the strong ties between o...

"October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. As 2020 brings new challenges to the workplace, we must cont...
10/01/2020

"October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. As 2020 brings new challenges to the workplace, we must continue to respect the dignity of all by providing equal opportunities & accessible, inclusive training. We celebrate a diverse workforce & value #AccessForAll."
-Assistant Secretary Destro

Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month! This October, we raise awareness for hiring a diverse, inclusive w...
10/01/2020

Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month! This October, we raise awareness for hiring a diverse, inclusive workforce and upholding protections that ensure equal opportunities for all. #AccessForAll

U.S. Embassy Tanzania
10/01/2020

U.S. Embassy Tanzania

Tamko la Ubalozi wa Marekani Kuhusu Uchaguzi Mkuu Ujao nchini Tanzania.
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Statement of the U.S. Embassy concerning Tanzania's upcoming elections.

Tamko kamili http://bit.ly/TZ-Oct01Swa
Full Statement http://bit.ly/TZ-Oct01

#Democracy
#Uchaguzi
#Elections
#Demokrasia

10/01/2020
Nicaragua: Are Free and Fair Elections Possible?

What will it take to have free and fair presidential elections in Nicaragua? DRL Assistant Secretary Destro leads an important conversation with OAS Secretary General Almagro and other Nicaragua experts.

The surveillance human rights due diligence guidance released by the U.S. Department of State today is the result of ext...
09/30/2020
Due Diligence Guidance - United States Department of State

The surveillance human rights due diligence guidance released by the U.S. Department of State today is the result of extensive coordination among the U.S. government, industry, and civil society leaders to help businesses implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We encourage businesses to consult this guidance and implement its recommendations to ensure that products and services with surveillance capabilities are not misused by foreign governments to violate or abuse human rights.

Learn more here: https://www.state.gov/key-topics-bureau-of-democracy-human-rights-and-labor/due-diligence-guidance/

This guidance is a first-of-its-kind tool intended to provide practical and accessible human rights guidance to U.S. businesses seeking to prevent their products or services with surveillance capabilities from being misused by government end-users to commit human rights abuses. It is meant to be an....

09/29/2020

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of physicist Yuri Orlov, the Founder of the Moscow Helsinki Group and one of the world’s great trailblazer for human rights advocacy. Dr. Orlov died on September 27 at the age of 96.

The Moscow Helsinki Group was the first citizens’ group established after the signing of the 1975 Helsinki Accords to hold governments accountable for the commitments they made to respect the human rights of their own people. The Helsinki Accords reflect the core tenets of today’s Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the OSCE, which now has 57 participating States, including the United States and Russia.

Dr. Orlov and a small, brave group of human rights defenders announced the formation of their group at a press conference in the Moscow apartment of Nobel Laureate Andrei Sakharov in May 1976. The pioneering Moscow Helsinki Group inspired the formation of other monitoring groups within the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, launching what since has become a worldwide civil society monitoring movement.

Like many of the Soviet Helsinki monitors, and like many of today’s persecuted frontline activists, Dr. Orlov was made to pay dearly for his selfless defense of human rights. He was arrested in February 1977 and sent to the Gulag. Unlike a number of his colleagues, Dr. Orlov survived. In September 1986, he was deprived of his citizenship and expelled from the USSR. Dr. Orlov went on to make significant contributions to physics as a scientist and professor at Cornell University. He became a U.S. citizen in 1993. Among the honors Dr. Orlov received, in 2005 he was the first to be awarded the American Physical Society’s Andrei Sakharov Prize, bestowed on scientists for exceptional work in promoting human rights.

The most fitting way to pay tribute to Dr. Orlov and his lasting legacy of citizen monitoring is to uphold universal human rights principles and stand up for the valiant civil society activists in the OSCE region and around the world who, often at great personal risk, defend the freedom and dignity of all.

We express our sincere condolences to his wife, Sidney, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and to the members of the Moscow Helsinki Group.

DRL leadership is honored to moderate a panel of experts @CommunityofDem #DemTech event in which they will discuss how t...
09/29/2020

DRL leadership is honored to moderate a panel of experts @CommunityofDem #DemTech event in which they will discuss how technological tools empower democracy, strengthen institutions, and promote widespread transparency. Register here: http://ow.ly/Lzos50BDAW8

09/28/2020

The ongoing use of Internet shutdowns, as well as targeted content blocking, by the Government of Belarus is deeply troubling. Belarusian authorities should cease blocking and filtering the Internet and respect civic space and democracy.

09/28/2020

In Venezuela, the illegitimate Maduro regime has a long history of using internet shutdowns & censorship to suppress opposition voices and limit the flow information. The regime places blocks on Twitter and Instagram, as well as partial disruptions to YouTube traffic.

09/28/2020

The Iranian regime has long restricted access to the Internet to hide evidence of the regime’s abuses against its citizens. Last year, Iran placed nearly 80 million people in digital darkness. Their internet censorship inhibits rights to freedom of expression & peaceful assembly.

Today, we take a deeper look at universal access to information in times of crisis. Human rights must be protected onlin...
09/28/2020

Today, we take a deeper look at universal access to information in times of crisis. Human rights must be protected online just as they are protected offline. Governments should not censor Internet connectivity. Shutdowns often impact marginalized and vulnerable people the most.

Canada’s Foreign Policy—Global Affairs Canada
09/25/2020

Canada’s Foreign Policy—Global Affairs Canada

Media Freedom Coalition’s Executive Group statement concerning media freedom in Belarus
➡️ http://ow.ly/B9Zh50BA3KG

09/25/2020
Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State

Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State

Our celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act's 30th anniversary (#ADA30) continues as Grace Jerry releases her new song, "UNSTOPPABLE". Grace is a Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders #ExchangeAlumni & Nigerian disability rights activist. Sing along as "we celebrate our differences... we are unstoppable." 🎵 #AccessForAll
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