Release of the 2017 Human Rights Reports

Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy.  The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  (The Human Rights Reports) demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to advancing liberty, human dignity, and global prosperity. This year marks the 42nd year the Department of State has produced annual Human Rights Reports. The United States Congress mandated these reports ...
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“AGOA Week” Promotes Trade Growth Between the United States and the Republic Congo

  Ambassador Todd Haskell kicked off Embassy Brazzaville’s  “GoAGOA Week” on March 19, 2018 with an address to more than 40 civil servants from six different ministries.  The inauguration event was the first in a week full of activities in Brazzaville and Point Noire to educate Congolese entrepreneurs and government workers on the benefits of the African Growth ...
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Call for Applications to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the Republic of Congo.

Call for Applications to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the Republic of Congo. The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program cycle 2019-2020.  The Fulbright program is an educational exchange program founded by the U.S. Government in 1946 to promote the mutual understanding between ...
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Ambassador Todd Haskell visits a primary and secondary school in Brazzaville South

On October 30, Ambassador Haskell was warmly welcomed by one hundred students from Père-Pierre-Desportes Primary and Secondary School. He was invited by the Association of Sœurs Servantes de Cana, manager of the school and beneficiaries of an Ambassador’s Self Help Fund grant to rehabilitate the school library, build shelves, and to acquire new books and ...
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Ambassador Todd Haskell meets with Congolese ILEA participants

“Hate crimes long committed, unfortunately are ignored … we will encourage legislators to legislate” declared Congolese Head Judge Ms. Sinagani Wowondo.  She was reflecting on the impact of the ILEA (International Law Enforcement Academy) training she took part in in Gaborone, Botswana.  She was one of 11 Congolese from the Ministries of Justice, Defense, Interior ...
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Secretary Rex W. Tillerson Statement on the Republic of Congo National Day

On behalf of the United States Government, our best wishes to the people of the Republic of Congo as you celebrate your 57th Independence Day. Our strategic collaboration on regional security, economic development, and health remains strong. The United States of America will continue to support the efforts of the Congolese people to build a ...
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Ambassador Haskell and Retired NASA Astronaut Robert Curbeam encourage the study of STEM fields in Congo-Brazzaville

Retired NASA astronaut, Navy Captain Robert Curbeam, visited Brazzaville on August 9 as part of a regional program focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.  Captain Curbeam meets with students to encourage them to study the sciences.  His philosophy is to inspire students to study science not because they should, but because it’s ...
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Ambassador Haskell at the American Independence Day Celebration

His Excellency the Prime Minister, Venerable Senators, His Excellency the Minister of State, Chief of Staff at the Office of the Presidency, Members of government, Honorable Deputies, Ladies and gentlemen of the Supreme Court, Dear Ambassadors and colleagues of diplomatic missions and international institutions, Distinguished guests in your ranks, grades, and qualities, My fellow Americans: ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Congo of the upcoming local and parliamentary elections scheduled for July 16, 2017. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution while traveling within Congo during the election season. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid ...
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Promoting Documentary Filmmaking in Congo-B Through American Film Showcase

American filmmakers Ramona Diaz and Laura Nix visited Congo-Brazzaville from March 25 to April 2 thanks to sponsorship support from the U.S. Department of State’s Education and Cultural Affairs and American Film Showcase (AFS). The filmmakers shared their knowledge of the film industry with Congolese counterparts and discussed women-issues with hundreds of young people. Filmmakers conducted ...
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NBA Africa Launches Jr NBA program in Congo-Brazzaville for the first time

The U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Mary Daschbach joined NBA Africa Director, the Congolese Minister of Sports, MTN-Congo’s CEO and the former NBA Champion of the Miami Heat Ronny Turiaf launch a historic 2-year partnership in Congo. Thirty high schools from Brazzaville will compete in the Jr NBA tournament. During the opening ceremony, Chargé Daschbach praised NBA Africa ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update-Pool Region

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville, Republic of Congo May 18, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville informs U.S. citizens of reports of possible attacks against security personnel and civilians in several districts in the Pool Region and a heavy security presence in various areas. Please review the map on our website where armed confrontations and attacks have been ...
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European Travel Alert – May 1, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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CDA Daschbach at the Center for Civil-Military Relations

His Excellency the Director General of Strategic Affairs and Military Cooperation, The Representative of the Congolese Armed Forces and National Gendarmerie, The Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Political Officer of the Defense Ministry, Ladies and gentlemen of the Center on Civil-Military Relations, Distinguished guests in your ranks, grades, and functions, Ladies and ...
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CDA Daschbach at the Jr NBA Program Launch

President of the Congolese Basketball Federation, Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Sports and Physical Education, General Director of MTN, Director of NBA-Africa, Ladies and gentlemen of the NBA, above all NBA star Ronny Turiaf, Distinguished guests in all your ranks, grades, and qualities, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear young basketball lovers,  Hello! I am very ...
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CDA Daschbach at the Black History Month Film Festival

Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Cameroon, Ambassador of France to the Congo, Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union, Representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Ladies and gentlemen in your ranks, grades, and qualities, Distinguished guests, dear cinephiles, Good evening. Thank you for coming this evening to follow with us films that show an ...
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Ambassador Sullivan’s Parting Speech

Venerable President of the Senate, Honorable President of the National Assembly, His Excellency the Prime Minister, head of government, His Excellency the Minister of State, Cabinet Director to the Chief of State, Ladies and gentlemen members of government, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and gentlemen chiefs of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations, ...
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Ambassador Sullivan at Nduenga Entrepreneurship Conference

The President of the Entraide-Congo Association, Members of YALI-Congo, Distinguished guests, dear youth, Mboté na bino! Nayoki bino té, Mboté na bino! I am thrilled to take part in this closing day of the third edition of this entrepreneurship conference, titled Nduenga. I would like to congratulate Entraide-Congo, the young volunteers, and the speakers from ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Precautions

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Precautions December 1st, 2016. The incidence of burglaries, thefts, and robberies increases during the holiday season. In response, local police have initiated operations aimed at reducing the annual increase in crime. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all U.S. citizens of the ...
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New Requirements for Passport and Visa Photos as of November 1, 2016

Beginning November 1, 2016, applicants for U.S. passports and visas must remove their glasses for their application photos. This change will help eliminate glares and shadows that can lead to delays in processing visa and passport applications. Applicants may wear glasses only in rare circumstances of documented medical necessity during urgent travel. The change will ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Update to the Pool Region

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville, Republic of Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Update to the Pool Region The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the ongoing security situation in the Pool Region.  In the past week, violent attacks against vehicles , a train, security personnel, and civilians have reportedly resulted in at least 20 deaths, multiple ...
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The International Jazz Day Global Concert 2016

 Each year, the All-Star Global Concert brings together internationally acclaimed artists from around the world who represent jazz and other musical genres for a performance spanning styles, cultures and languages. In the spirit of International Jazz Day, the All-Star Global Concert takes place in a landmark venue with rich historical significance. We are honored that ...
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Governments of the U.S. and Congo reinforce their bilateral relationship, and train a second Congolese battalion for a peacekeeping mission in the Cen

On Friday, July 15, 2016, the Embassy of the United States and Congolese government took part in the presentation of diplomas to the second contingent of Congolese peacekeepers who completed a two-month  course presented through Africa Contingency and Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA).  In her remarks, the Ambassador of the United States, Stephanie Sullivan, emphasized that ...
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Ambassador Sullivan congratulates Congo-B’s first female law enforcement officers cohort to attend ILEA

On July 8, 2016, Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan met with and congratulated the first ever all-women cohort of Congolese law enforcement officers who participated in the capacity building training at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana, in June 2016. The training focused on the leadership of women in law enforcement. The training was ...
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Results of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Congo

The United States is profoundly disappointed by the flawed presidential electoral process in the Republic of Congo. Widespread irregularities and the arrests of opposition supporters following the elections marred an otherwise peaceful vote. The United States calls upon the Congolese Government to correct these numerous deficiencies before scheduling legislative elections in order to bring credibility ...
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Climate Change: COP21

From rising greenhouse gas emissions due to deforestation, to the bleaching of coral reefs, the signs of climate change are all around us. As a global society, we are at a critical juncture where our decisions and actions today will shape the climate for our children and future generations. The immediate benefits to keeping pollutants ...
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U.S. Embassy Brazzaville Celebrates International Education Week 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville hosted fair to encourage  study in USA on November 19, 2015 at Villa Washington in celebration of International Education Week.  Nearly 250 students, parents and professionals attended the program.  Participants initially visited the stand exhibiting U.S. Embassy resources on higher education in the United States America and received handouts about ...
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Nouveaux Horizons Book on the Rights of the Disabled Discussed in Brazzaville

Fourteen Congolese disabled activists and social entrepreneurs discussed Joseph Shapiro’s history of the Americans with Disabilities Act,No Pity on October 30 at the embassy’s Information Resource Center.  The book’s French translation version (Rien que nos droits) was the perfect program tool for a look at the rights of disabled citizens in a democratic society. No ...
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2015 Mandela Washington Fellows Kick Off 2016 YALI Campaign

2015 Mandela Washington Fellows Kick Off 2016 YALI Campaign 120 members of the Villa Washington English Club – university students and staff, young professionals, high school seniors, teachers, and community changers – gathered on the villa’s terrace Thursday evening, October 1, to take part in the launch of the embassy’s 2016 YALI recruitment and promotion ...
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Joint Local Statement of the EU, with its Member States and the USA

The European Union Delegation, the Chiefs of the Diplomatic Missions of Member States, and the Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the United States of America in the Replublic of Congo make the following statement: The chiefs of diplomatic missions support the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance in all its provisions. Every democratic ...
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The Ins and Outs of the 2016 American Elections

Political scientist and American University of Paris Professor Steven Ekovich met representatives and players from nearly 30 Congolese political parties at the U.S. embassy September 24 – 28.  Covering the whole spectrum of ideological and political creeds, 100 party activists were invited to join Ekovich for a look at the 2016 American Elections from different ...
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American Artist Bruce Sherfield Brings Slam to the Congo

The U.S. Embassy Brazzaville hosted a week-long youth empowerment program with visiting ARS hip-hop and slam artist Bruce Sherfield under the theme “My Voice Counts.” During his first visit to Africa, Bruce worked with local singers, rappers, and slammers to promote the use of music to express oneself and to speak for those whose voices ...
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Visit of the Self-Help Project and book donation by U.S. Embassy Delegation in Ewo

U.S. Embassy Delegation led by Political Officer David Schneider, visited the town of Ewo from April 2-4, 2015. The embassy donated books to Pierre Akirinzo primary school, Ambedza middle school, and the high school in Ewo accompanied by the Mayor Boniface Bangagna, and the acting Director of Education Herbert Mabandza. The primary school visited is ...
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Food donation ceremony by the United States for IPHD’s school

On February 19, 2015, Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan visited Pointe-Noire to support the donation of 1,870 tons of food, as part of the International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD) school lunch program that is active throughout the Congo. Ambassador Sullivan was joined by IPHD Director Christian Balan, and Minister of Education Hellot Matson Mampouya. After the ...
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Girls’ Soccer Tournament 2015

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville organized the 6th annual Girls’ Soccer Tournament from March 7-14, 2015 in order to empower young girls through sports. In partnership with the Memorial Pierre Savorgnan De Brazza and telecommunications company MTN-Congo, the Embassy supported eight teams from public middle schools in Brazzaville under the theme of “Girl Power” to emphasize the ...
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Ambassador Sullivan greets a Belgian Malinois

Ambassador greets a Belgian Malinois Ambassador Sullivan greets a Belgian Malinois on duty with the organization P.A.L.F. Dogs like this are working in the Congo to sniff out contraband associated with the illegal wildlife trade. These dogs are capable of locating illegal ivory, bush meat and weapons as well as various other illegal animal products.
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YALI-Congo Association

U.S. Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan hosted a reception at her residence on September 30, 2014 to provide Congo-Brazzaville YALI alumni the opportunity to present goals of their newly-created “YALI-Congo Association”.  YALI-Congo Association is composed of young Congolese community leaders, business people, and youth civic engagement activists who have demonstrated their skills and interest in promoting peace, ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville Celebrated Earth Day

The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville supported the joint initiative of Congo Brazzaville Fulbright Alumni Association (CBFAA) and the Brazzaville English Clubs Council (ECC) to organize a public venue cleanup in celebration of Earth Day on April 26, 2014. Nearly 100 hundred volunteers from the De Brazza High School, English clubs, Fulbright alumni and U.S. Embassy ...
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Jazz Week Celebration in Brazzaville

The U.S. Embassy in Congo, in partnership with UNESCO, Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM), and the French Embassy through the French Institute in Congo (IFC), celebrated Jazz Week from April 24-26, 2014. Activities included a two-day workshop on jazz for young and up-and-coming musicians, hosted by a group of professional jazz bands “Congo Ndulé Jazz,” from ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Women’s Day through Sports

The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville organized the fifth edition of the annual Girls’ Soccer Tournament, “Tournoi Promo Jeunes Filles,” in partnership with the Memorial Pierre Savorgnan De Brazza and the telecommunications company MTN-Congo from March 8-15, 2014. The tournament brought together eight (8) soccer teams from each neighborhood in Brazzaville. Building from previous editions, this ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Black History Month

The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville partnered with the French Cultural Center in Congo to organize the second annual African-American Film Festival from February 19-22, attracting nearly 2,000 attendees.  Movies were selected to promote democratic institutions, inclusion, and the support for civil society and personal triumph.  These films included  Lincoln, 42, Ali, Akeelah and the Bee, ...
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Meredith Pike-Baky Trains 300 English Teachers

From December 2 -20, 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville hosted English Language Specialist Meredith Pike-Baky, who trained more than 300 English teachers on English teaching methodology in Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire, and Owando.  Focused primarily on managing large classes and student-centered teaching, she shared techniques on how to develop teaching resources with inexpensive, locally-made materials.  She ...
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Henhouse Prowlers Share Universal Language of Music

From November 15-20, 2013, Chicago-based bluegrass band, the Henhouse Prowlers, visited Congo-Brazzaville as part of the American Music Abroad program, showing that the language of music has no boarders.  On their first trip to Africa, the Henhouse Prowlers immediately began practicing with local band, Muningu, in preparation for a concert in downtown Brazzaville.  In front ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Education Week

On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville talked with more than 250 people about opportunities to study in the United States.  Underneath tents outside and in a packed auditorium at the newly built library at Marien Ngouabi University, American officers shared the importance of higher education, explained the U.S. educational system, answered questions ...
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Africa Mercy Provides Free Health Services to Congolese

In early November 2013, Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan visited the Africa Mercy, a traveling hospital ship docked in Pointe-Noire, Congo.  Africa Mercy arrived in the Republic of the Congo in August 2013 and serves as a platform for performing free medical care, including life-saving surgeries. In Central Africa for the first time, the Mercy Ships is ...
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International Jazz Day Concert in Brazzaville

International Jazz Day Concert in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo – April 30, 2013 .  Created by UNESCO, International Jazz Day brings together communities from all over the world to celebrate jazz, learn about its roots, and highlight its important role in advancing intercultural dialogue and understanding. In Brazzaville, UNESCO teamed up with the U.S. Embassy, ...
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Earth Day Celebration in Pointe Noire

Brazzaville Cleans Up the Beach for Earth Day – April 20, 2013 Earth Day is a time for communities to come together and pay special attention to their local environment. Millions of people help to clean up their environment on Earth Day around the world each year. This year, the Public Affairs and Economic Sections ...
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Girls Soccer Tournament 2013 in Brazzaville

Girls Soccer Tournament 2013 in Brazzaville U.S. Embassy Brazzaville in partnership with mobile telephony company MTN Congo and Memorial Pierre Savorgnan de brazza organized from March 23-30 the 4th edition of Girls Soccer Tournament at Annexe stadium in Brazzaville to promote female soccer in Congo Brazzaville. This is an annual girls’ soccer tournament which features eight teams ...
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Ambassador Sullivan on Independence Day

His Excellency the Prime Minister, Ladies and gentlemen, Members of government, Venerable Senators, Honorable Deputies, Ladies and gentlemen of the Supreme Court, Dear Ambassadors and colleagues of diplomatic missions and international institutions, In particular those from the Cuban embassy whom we have invited for the very first time, Distinguished guests in your ranks, grades, and ...
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Ambassador Sullivan at the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative

Director of the Cabinet, Ladies and gentlemen representatives of Distinguished guests, in your ranks and functions, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor and pleasure to participate in the opening of this regional workshop on consumer rights, organized by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights, ...
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Ambassador Sullivan at the US Forest Service Collaboration

Minister of Forestry, Durable Development, and the Environment, Honorable Deputy, Ladies and gentlemen representatives of the US Forest Service, Representative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Representatives of international and national conservation NGOs, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor to speak to you in the name of the American government, at ...
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Ambassador Sullivan at the Handover of US Funds to UNHCR

Cabinet Director of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action, and Solidarity, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System, Representative of PAM, Representative of NCR, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Director of CNAR, Coordinator of AARREC, Distinguished guests in your ranks, grades, and functions.   I am ...
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Ambassador Sullivan at the UNIC Journalism Film Festival

Minister of Communication, Representative of the United Nations Systems Coordinator, Officer of the Chief of State, President of the Superior Office of Freedom of Communication, Dear Journalists, Ladies and gentlemen,   One year ago, we launched this journalism film festival to offer a space of reflection for journalists and members of government responsible for communication. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Update to the Pool Region

The heightened presence of security forces in the southern neighborhoods of Brazzaville has been reduced; however, U.S. citizens should continue to avoid the southern Pool region of the country. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to carry proper identification, including a copy of their U.S. passport and to avoid large gatherings and areas where there is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Presence in Pool and Brazzaville

United States Embassy, Brazzaville  U.S. citizens should avoid the southern Pool region and the southern areas of Brazzaville because of ongoing security operations. U.S. Citizens should remain vigilant; avoid large gatherings and areas where there is a heavy security presence.  U.S. citizens should carry proper identification, including a copy of their U.S. passport. Citizens should review ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Continuing Violence in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire

Heavy gunfire was reported south of Brazzaville this morning, and the situation remains fluid.  Similar accounts of violence have been reported in Pointe Noire.  The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville recommends U.S. citizens shelter in place until the situation stabilizes. The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville will have limited operations and reduced staffing on Tuesday, April 5.  ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Heavy Gunfire South of Brazzaville

Heavy gunfire was reported south of Brazzaville.  The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville recommends U.S. citizens shelter in place.  The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville expects to have limited operations and reduced staffing on Monday, April 4. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  ...
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U.S. Embassy Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Pointe Noire Demonstrations March 24, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. Citizens that there are reports of demonstrations in several neighborhoods in Pointe Noire and a strong security force presence throughout the city.  The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security and to avoid areas ...
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U.S. Embassy Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Strong Security Forces Presence March 23, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. Citizens that there is a strong security force presence in southern areas of Brazzaville. The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security and to avoid the southern neighborhoods of Brazzaville.  With the interruption ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens

Europe Travel Alert LAST UPDATED: MARCH 22, 2016 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Preliminary Election Results

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Government of the Republic of Congo has announced early election returns today March 22, 2016.  Announcement of partial, provisional or definitive results may increase tensions among the population.  The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security and to avoid any rally and ...
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Presidential Elections in the Republic of Congo

Press Statement by Spokesperson John Kirby The United States congratulates the Congolese people for their active participation in the March 20 presidential elections. Their enthusiasm and determination to register to vote and peacefully engage, despite many impediments, demonstrates their commitment to democracy. We note numerous reports of irregularities that have raised concerns about the credibility ...
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U.S. Embassy Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Political Rallies in Brazzaville March 16, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that two large political rallies are expected to occur in Brazzaville in the vicinity of Massamba-Debat Stadium and Boulevard des Armées on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18.  Transportation may be disrupted and a large security ...
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Ambassador Sullivan at the Girls’ Soccer Tournament

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Minister for Women’s Development Minister of Sports, Prefect of Brazzaville, Mayor of Makélékélé, Director of MTN Congo, Director of the Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial, Ladies and gentlemen of your ranks, grades, and qualities, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear students, and dear soccer players, It is with much joy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Upcoming Presidential Elections

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the official presidential election campaign period begins on March 4 with the election scheduled for March 20 in the Republic of Congo.  Political tensions may increase before, during and after the election. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas of political rallies, demonstrations, and protests.  Even demonstrations intended ...
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Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan Opening Remarks, Black History Month Film Festival

Members of government, Ambassador of France to the Congo, Ladies and gentlemen in your ranks, grades, and qualities, Distinguished guests, Good evening, It is a great pleasure and honor to be with you this evening to celebrate the fourth edition of African-American Film Week. I thank our partner, the French Institute of the Congo, for ...
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United States Embassy Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert- Worldwide The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, ...
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Security Precautions Following Referendum

Following the constitutional referendum held by the Government of the Republic of Congo on October 25, political gatherings and spontaneous demonstrations are still possible in the coming days and weeks.  With both text messaging and internet services remaining unreliable, the U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security.  Remain aware of ...
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Referendum Day on October 25, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville alerts U.S. citizens there is a constitutional referendum vote scheduled throughout the country on Sunday, October 25, 2015.  The U.S. Embassy expects that, as is customary, the government of the Republic of Congo will issue a decree prohibiting vehicular traffic on that date.  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Incidents of Unrest in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire

There are reports of several civilian deaths and dozens of serious injuries in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire due to altercations between security forces and the public.  The security situation remains unpredictable.  Transportation may be difficult especially in the southern neighborhoods of Brazzaville.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security and to ...
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Referendum in Republic of Congo

The government of the Republic of Congo has announced that a referendum on a proposed new constitution will be held on October 25.  The campaign will run October 9 through October 23, during which time rallies will be organized by political parties throughout the country.  Spontaneous demonstrations are also possible.  The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Rally in Brazzaville, Sunday, September 27, 2015

A political rally has been announced starting at 12pm on Sunday, September 27th on Boulevard Alfred Raoul in Brazzaville.Transportation in the area may be disrupted and a large security presence is likely, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind all US citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security.Remain aware of your surroundings and local ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Demonstration

As a potential constitutional referendum is weighed in the Republic of Congo, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens to be highly vigilant about personal security. Remain aware of your surroundings and local events by monitoring international and national media outlets for updates. Take all appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, including ...
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Ambassador Sullivan on Independence Day

Minister of Transportation, Civil Aviation, and the Merchant Marine, Representative of the President of the Republic of the Congo, Members of government, Venerable Senators, Honorable Deputies, First President of the Supreme Court, Ambassadors and Chief of Missions of International Institutions, Distinguished guests in your ranks, grade, and qualities, My fellow Americans, Ladies and gentlemen: Thank ...
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Messages to American Citizens

Currently, we are unable to print most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas approved after June 8, 2015.  In addition, U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to process new applications submitted on or after June 9, 2015. Individuals with visa interview appointments scheduled for June 14-20, 2015, should reschedule their appointments if they submitted a DS-160 online application ...
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American Citizens Services

U.S Embassies and consulates are currently experiencing technical difficulties due to systems maintenance that may result in delays in U.S. passport and visa processing and receiving and sending email. U.S.  citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact their embassy or consulate by telephone. Additionally, applicants who have interviews for student and exchange visitor (F/M/J) visas scheduled ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update to Conditions at Brazzaville Port

The river port in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo (RoC) is currently operating under normal conditions.  There is no longer a higher-than-normal number of people waiting to cross the river to Kinshasa. The U.S. Embassy will provide further updates if this situation changes. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Congo ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update to Security in Mbomo and Surrounding Area

The U.S. Embassy no longer restricts official personnel from travelling to the area of Mbomo, Republic of the Congo (RoC).  The U.S. Embassy will send further messages and update the Embassy website if this situation changes. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Congo enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov .  STEP enrollment ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Military Training Exercises through Thursday

The Congolese Military will be conducting training exercises within Brazzaville from February 17 – 19.  During this time you may hear noises, such as explosions and gunfire, which are common during military exercises.  This is a planned training exercise and there is no reason for concern. Contact the embassy duty officer if you have further ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Military Training Exercises

The Congolese Military will be conducting training exercises within Brazzaville on February 17 and 18.  During this time you may hear noises, such as explosions and gunfire, which are common during military exercises.  This is a planned training evolution and there is no reason for concern. Contact the duty officer if you have further concerns ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kinshasa

The security situation in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo has effects in the Republic of the Congo. After a lull Monday evening and early Tuesday, unrest throughout Kinshasa resumed mid-morning Tuesday.  This unrest stemmed from Monday’s Opposition protests decrying the National Assembly’s passage of the Electoral Bill. Ndjili International Airport remains open, but disturbances ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat to International School Teachers Reported

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville, Congo A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encourages attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including western teachers employed at these schools.  That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two cities as locations with high ...
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Gunfire Reported in Talangai

The Embassy has received reports we deem credible of gunfire in the Talangai arrondisement (northeastern Brazzaville) near the Kibeliba police station at approximately 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13.  The situation appeared calm as of 5:45 p.m. and it appears to have been an isolated incident. U.S. Citizens are advised to proceed with caution this ...
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Ambassador Sullivan on Independence Day

Mr. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Representative of His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic, Distinguished members of the Government, Honourable Members, Venerable Senators, Distinguished representatives of judicial authorities, Distinguished Ambassadors and Representatives of the diplomatic corps, Distinguished Heads of Missions of international organizations accredited in the Republic of Congo, Distinguished guests in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update: Holding Camps at Brazzaville Port

The Republic of the Congo continues to process thousands of people through the Congo River port in Brazzaville (also known as the beach) as part of efforts to deport illegal immigrants. The port in Brazzaville has been the site of temporary holding camps for travelers crossing into Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update: Holding Camps at Brazzaville Port

The Republic of the Congo continues to process thousands of people through the Congo River port in Brazzaville (also known as the beach) as part of efforts to deport illegal immigrants. The port in Brazzaville has been the site of temporary holding camps for travelers crossing into Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for ...
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