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2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The Department of State submitted to the United States Congress on February 27 its 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.  The report describes human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories.   It covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ...
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Visit of US Foreign Commercial Service Representative to Minsk

Commercial Counsellor Cheryl Dukelow of the US Foreign Commercial Service (Department of Commerce) visited Minsk February 25-26. She met with a wide group of interlocutors, including Deputy Foreign Minister Guryanov and other government officials,  business people and independent business associations, representatives of Belarusian and American companies, and members of the diplomatic corps. Ms. Dukelow provided ...
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Press Statement by Deputy Secretary Burns

Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of deep admiration for the courage and determination of Ukrainians in the face of last week’s tragic violence, and a message of strong American support for a stable, ...
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Study Tour to US Inspires Changes in Legal Services

“In the U.S. legal clinics, students deal with a wide range of issues from different social areas. Inspired by my American experience, I adapted this approach in my work.” Yulia Khvatik is a leader in developing legal clinics in Belarus, which allow law students to develop practical skills under the mentorship of professional lawyers and ...
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USAID Helps At-Risk Families Function Effectively

Note: Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. In Belarus, over 20,000 children are members of at-risk families. Their parents struggle to comply with parental responsibilities, address basic needs, and provide proper supervision.  Exposure to abuse and neglect early on adversely affects children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Growing up in a ...
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