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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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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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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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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