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May 16, 2013

Hold Sudanese Human Rights Violators Accountable!

From our colleagues in the Office of Public Witness

Ask the State Department to Deny Entry to Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie
 In 1989, Farouk Mohammed Ibrahim, a former science professor at the University of Khartoum, was arrested for his outspoken criticism of the Sudanese government. For twelve days, he was held in one of Sudan’s notorious “ghost houses,” where he was interrogated and tortured. “I was tortured, beaten and flogged in his presence,” Ibrahim toldLA Times reporter Edmund Sanders in 2008. “He was administering the whole thing. He did it all in such a cool manner, as if ...

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August 8, 2012

State Department Contributes Additional $41 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Below is an announcement from the U.S. Department of State announcing an increase in funding for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.


The United States is pleased to announce its third contribution this fiscal year toward the 2012 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  With this contribution of more than $41 million, the United States is providing to-date approximately $720 million to the organization, including more than $100 million toward emergency appeals for vulnerable populations from Syria, Sudan, and Mali.  These contributions are funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration ...

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November 12, 2010

Advocacy to end the use of children as soldiers

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined other religious and human rights groups to contact President Obama last Friday expressing their disappointment with his decision last week to waive sanctions against four countries the State Department has identified as using child soldiers....

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May 21, 2010

START at the State Department

This State Department is providing information on the New START Treaty that is regularly updated with new material from the Obama administration.

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December 22, 2009

International Religious Freedom Reports

Each year the State Department of the United States issues a report on International Religious Freedom. This annual report is submitted to Congress in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. It provides information with...

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