Possible Death Penalty against Pro-Democracy Activists and Anti-War Protesters in #Belarus

By Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State Amidst Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, the Lukashenka regime in Belarus has found new ways to intimidate and punish its own citizens, including by approving legislation to apply the death penalty to pro-democracy activists and those opposing Russia’s war in Ukraine.  Specifically, new amendments to theContinue reading “Possible Death Penalty against Pro-Democracy Activists and Anti-War Protesters in #Belarus”

Hong Kong Stand News Arrests and Closure

By Jenco Mackey U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement regarding the Hong Kong government’s December 29 raid noting the arrest of seven senior staff at Stand News has forced yet another of the few remaining bastions of free and independent media in Hong Kong to cease operations.  “Journalism is notContinue reading “Hong Kong Stand News Arrests and Closure”

Leadership on Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights: Rina Amiri and Stephenie Foster Lead Way

By Race Opell Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State has announced the appointments of two highly qualified and respected leaders who will work to advance the State Department’s vital work to support Afghan women, girls, and human rights: Special Envoy Rina Amiri and Senior Advisor Stephenie Foster.  They bring decades of public policy, diplomatic,Continue reading “Leadership on Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights: Rina Amiri and Stephenie Foster Lead Way”

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Meeting in Jakarta to Emphasize United States-Indonesia Relationship

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Jakarta December 13 – 14, where he will meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and other senior officials to reaffirm the strong U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership and the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.  They will also discuss responses to the challenges ofContinue reading “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Meeting in Jakarta to Emphasize United States-Indonesia Relationship”

Blinken Meets with Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister in Liverpool, England

Baerbock is Germany’s First Woman Foreign Minister By John Clise Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State recently met with Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister, in Liverpool, England, at the Hope Street Hotel, to discuss G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting. Secretary Blinken said, “I just want to say how wonderful it is to be here withContinue reading “Blinken Meets with Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister in Liverpool, England”