All articles from: November, 2009

Presidential Proclamation on World AIDS Day

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Our Nation joins the world in celebrating the extraordinary advancements we have made in the battle against HIV and AIDS, and remembering those we have lost. Over the past three decades, brave men and women have fought devastating discrimination, stigma, doubt, and violence as they stood in the face of this deadly disease.

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USTR Ron Kirk Addresses the WTO Ministerial Conference

USTR Ron Kirk Addressing the WTO Ministerial

The global economy needs the WTO Members to deliver a strong outcome in the Doha Round of negotiations – and that is one that opens markets and creates significant new trading opportunities in agriculture, industrial goods and in services, generating global economic growth and development. The United States is committed to achieving such an outcome, and I believe that success is possible in 2010.

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USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk in Geneva for WTO Ministerial

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United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk arrived in Geneva, Switzerland November 29 for the 7th Session of the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. While in Geneva, Kirk will meet multilaterally with trade ministers from America’s WTO partner economies, and will hold a number of meetings on the margins with key trading partners and blocs. The ministerial is not a formal negotiating session, but an opportunity to take stock of the global trading system and to discuss the importance of keeping markets open and beneficial trade flowing at this time of economic crisis.

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Statement by Vice President Biden on the 1oth Anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

“Violence against women is found in every culture around the world. It is one of our most pervasive global problems, yet it is preventable. When gang rape is a weapon of war, when women are beaten behind closed doors, or when young girls are trafficked in brothels and fields – we all suffer.

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Human Rights Council – Report of the UPR Working Group on Cyprus

The United States recommends that the Government of Cyprus ensure such incidents are prevented by strengthening legislation to protect the rights of arrested and detained individuals from physical mistreatment and ensuring they are afforded a full complement of due process rights in accordance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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Human Rights Council – Report of the UPR Working Group on Eritrea

The United States is concerned by the existence of “special courts” established by Eritrea in 1996. The government has not made available the statute establishing these courts nor published the records of its procedures. The Special courts are not bound by the Criminal or Penal code and court practices do not adhere to international standards of fair trial.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Women Court Workers Breaking Cycle of Violence in South Africa

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Domestic violence and rape are rife among the poorest in South Africa. Violence is an accepted circumstance of life explains Abby, a middle-aged woman in a brightly-colored head shawl, “We told our brides they must suffer.

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16 Days of Acitivism Against Gender Violence – USAID Supports Serbian Efforts to Eradicate A “Quiet Killer”

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In Serbia, some estimate that domestic violence affects up to half of all women regardless of socio-economic or ethnic status. If victims seek help at all, they often face a legal and judicial system that perpetuates the guilt and shame they already feel, further handicapping them.

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16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Peruvian Women Work to end Violence in Coca-Growing Regions

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The courage to discuss such a sensitive topic is one sign that the concerns of women are finally being brought into the open. Although they have come a long way on the road to empowerment, Peruvian women living in the former coca-growing areas where USAID works still have a long way to go.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Campaign to Eliminate Violence Against Women Launches in Moldova

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Over 40 percent of women in Moldova have been victims of a violent act at least once in their lives. To raise awareness of this widespread problem, USAID’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative held a series of activities throughout Moldova as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign from November 25–December 10.

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