Translations https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:52:54 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/08/cropped-dos-seal-1-32x32.png Translations https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov 32 32 USAID and IDB Announce $2.4 Million in Awards to Prevent Gender-Based Violence and Offer Venezuelans Opportunities in Entrepreneurship and Education https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/usaid-and-idb-announce-2-4-million-in-awards-to-prevent-gender-based-violence-and-offer-venezuelans-opportunities-in-entrepreneurship-and-education/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/usaid-and-idb-announce-2-4-million-in-awards-to-prevent-gender-based-violence-and-offer-venezuelans-opportunities-in-entrepreneurship-and-education/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 21:16:37 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55460 United States Agency for International Development
Office of Press Relations
For Immediate Release
January 19, 2021

 

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced $2.4 million for nine new awards under the BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge to benefit Venezuelans in the Argentine Republic; the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; the Republics of Chile, Panamá, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago; and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The winners will provide critical solutions for Venezuelans inside and outside their home country by delivering accessible education, generating employment, fostering entrepreneurship, combating gender-based violence, fostering women’s economic empowerment, and accessing vital services:

  • In Argentina and Chile, Incluyeme.com will implement an initiative for the social and labor inclusion of Venezuelan migrants with disabilities, by facilitating access to online employability tools, career-development training and guidance on local labor legislation; 
  • In Guyana, the National Coordinating Coalition will enhance a digital platform designed to strengthen cross-country partnerships for the successful resettlement and empowerment of Venezuelan migrants;
  • In Panamá, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society will launch a multi-stakeholder program to educate and engage with men and boys about gender-based violence to promote behavioral change to reduce the risk, and mitigate the impact of, violence against Venezuelan women and girls; 
  • In Perú, Needslist will scale its digital platform to match private-sector donors and the needs of vulnerable Venezuelan migrant communities;
  • Also in Perú, Sesame Workshop will support Venezuelan children and families on the move by scaling up access to a transformative, no-cost digital solution that reduces barriers to learning caused by COVID-19;
  • In Trinidad and Tobago, the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago will establish the first after-hours, toll-free, bilingual hotline on gender-based violence for Venezuelans and other survivors who need immediate support, anywhere in the country;   
  • In Trinidad and Tobago, the Together WI Foundation will help Venezuelan women enter the specialized garment-production business; the women will have access to markets and employment placement, while also contributing to boosting the local economy; and   
  • In Venezuela, with funding from USAID, two organizations will provide access to vital support services and information in areas heavily affected by the manmade humanitarian crisis in their country.

The BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge is a partnership between USAID and the IDB to crowdsource, fund, and scale up innovative solutions to support Venezuelans and communities that generously host them across Latin America and the Caribbean.  For more information, visit JuntosEsMejorVE.org.

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Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/determination-of-the-secretary-of-state-on-atrocities-in-xinjiang/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/determination-of-the-secretary-of-state-on-atrocities-in-xinjiang/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 19:38:22 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55450 U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo
January 19, 2021

 

The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable. From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of ISIS’s recent genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Americans have given voice to those who have been silenced by evil, and stood with the living who cry out for truth, the rule of law, and justice. We do so not because we are compelled to act by any international court, multilateral body, or domestic political concern. We do so because it is right.

For the past four years, this Administration has exposed the nature of the Chinese Communist Party and called it what it is: a Marxist-Leninist regime that exerts power over the long-suffering Chinese people through brainwashing and brute force. We have paid particular attention to the CCP’s treatment of the Uyghur people, a Muslim minority group that resides largely in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western China. While the CCP has always exhibited a profound hostility to all people of faith, we have watched with growing alarm the Party’s increasingly repressive treatment of the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups.

Our exhaustive documentation of the PRC’s actions in Xinjiang confirms that since at least March 2017, local authorities dramatically escalated their decades-long campaign of repression against Uyghur Muslims and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups, including ethnic Kazakhs and ethnic Kyrgyz. Their morally repugnant, wholesale policies, practices, and abuses are designed systematically to discriminate against and surveil ethnic Uyghurs as a unique demographic and ethnic group, restrict their freedom to travel, emigrate, and attend schools, and deny other basic human rights of assembly, speech, and worship. PRC authorities have conducted forced sterilizations and abortions on Uyghur women, coerced them to marry non-Uyghurs, and separated Uyghur children from their families.

Party apparatchiks have denied international observers unhindered access to Xinjiang and denounced reliable reports about the worsening situation on the ground, instead spinning fanciful tales of happy Uyghurs participating in educational, counter-terror, women’s empowerment, and poverty alleviation projects. Meanwhile, they are delivering far darker messages to their own people, portraying Uyghurs as “malignant tumors,” comparing their faith to a “communicable plague,” and exhorting the Party faithful to implement a crushing blow, telling them “you can’t uproot all the weeds hidden among the crops in the field one-by-one; you need to spray chemicals to kill them all.”

Since the Allied forces exposed the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, the refrain “Never again” has become the civilized world’s rallying cry against these horrors. Just because an atrocity is perpetrated in a manner that is different than what we have observed in the past, does not make it any less an atrocity. Today, I thus make the following determinations:

  1. After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that since at least March 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has committed crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang. These crimes are ongoing and include: the arbitrary imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty of more than one million civilians, forced sterilization, torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, forced labor, and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement. The Nuremberg Tribunals at the end of World War II prosecuted perpetrators for crimes against humanity, the same crimes being perpetrated in Xinjiang.
  2. In addition, after careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the PRC, under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang. I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state. The governing authorities of the second most economically, militarily, and politically powerful country on earth have made clear that they are engaged in the forced assimilation and eventual erasure of a vulnerable ethnic and religious minority group, even as they simultaneously assert their country as a global leader and attempt to remold the international system in their image.

The United States calls upon the PRC immediately to release all arbitrarily detained persons and abolish its system of internment, detention camps, house arrest and forced labor; cease coercive population control measures, including forced sterilizations, forced abortion, forced birth control, and the removal of children from their families; end all torture and abuse in places of detention; end the persecution of Uyghurs and other members of religious and ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China, and afford Uyghurs and other persecuted minorities the freedom to travel and emigrate.

We further call on all appropriate multilateral and relevant juridical bodies, to join the United States in our effort to promote accountability for those responsible for these atrocities. I have directed the U.S. Department of State to continue to investigate and collect relevant information regarding the ongoing atrocities occurring in Xinjiang, and to make this evidence available to appropriate authorities and the international community to the extent allowable by law. The United States, on its part, has spoken out and taken action, implementing a range of sanctions against senior CCP leaders and state-run enterprises that fund the architecture of repression across Xinjiang.  

The United States has worked exhaustively to pull into the light what the Communist Party and General Secretary Xi Jinping wish to keep hidden through obfuscation, propaganda, and coercion. Beijing’s atrocities in Xinjiang represent an extreme affront to the Uyghurs, the people of China, and civilized people everywhere. We will not remain silent. If the Chinese Communist Party is allowed to commit genocide and crimes against humanity against its own people, imagine what it will be emboldened to do to the free world, in the not-so-distant future. 

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The United States Takes Further Action Against Enablers of Venezuelan Oil Transactions, Including Sanctions Evasion Network https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/the-united-states-takes-further-action-against-enablers-of-venezuelan-oil-transactions-including-sanctions-evasion-network/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/the-united-states-takes-further-action-against-enablers-of-venezuelan-oil-transactions-including-sanctions-evasion-network/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:37:47 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55440 U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo
January 19, 2021

 

The United States has sanctioned three individuals and 11 entities for their ties to a network helping Nicolas Maduro and his illegitimate regime evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector. This action builds on previous sanctions targeting individuals and entities involved in a sanctions-evasion scheme benefitting the illegitimate Maduro regime and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), which the regime uses as its primary conduit for corruption to exploit and profit from Venezuela’s natural resources. The principal actors in the evasion network include Alessandro Bazzoni, Francisco Javier D’Agostino Casado, Philipp Paul Vartan Apikian, Elemento Ltd, and Swissoil Trading SA.

Additionally, OFAC is designating three companies located in Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela, and identifying as blocked property six vessels that have recently been involved in the lifting and transport of Venezuelan oil. This action aims to increase pressure on international shipping entities to disengage from the Venezuelan oil sector and further limit the illegitimate Maduro regime’s options for selling oil.

Those facilitating Maduro’s attempts to circumvent U.S. sanctions enable him to continue his repressive practices against the Venezuelan people while pillaging Venezuela’s resources to enrich himself and his cronies. The United States remains committed to promoting accountability for those involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Maduro and his corrupt network while contributing to the suffering of the Venezuelan people. We will continue to use the full weight of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to promote the peaceful transition to a once-again free, prosperous, and stable Venezuela.

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Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/sanctions-on-russian-entity-and-a-vessel-engaging-in-the-construction-of-nord-stream-2/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/sanctions-on-russian-entity-and-a-vessel-engaging-in-the-construction-of-nord-stream-2/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 17:27:39 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55417 U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo
January 19, 2021

 

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian energy export pipelines.  The United States will consider further actions in the near term, under CAATSA, and the Protecting European Energy Security Act (PEESA), as amended.

Nord Stream 2, if completed, would give Russia the means to completely bypass Ukraine, depriving Ukraine of vital revenues and opening it up to further Russian aggressive actions, while providing the means to use natural resources as a tool of political pressure and malign influence against western Europe.  Today’s announcement demonstrates that the United States is not afraid to hold accountable those who continue to aid and abet this tool of Russian coercion.

The United States will continue to work with our friends and allies to ensure Europe has a reliable, diversified energy supply network that does not undermine collective security.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaido https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/secretary-pompeos-call-with-venezuelan-interim-president-guaido/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/secretary-pompeos-call-with-venezuelan-interim-president-guaido/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 17:24:16 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55411 U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Readout
January 19, 2021

 

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido. Secretary Pompeo and Interim President Guaido discussed their mutual goal of a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela and the United States’ unwavering support for his leadership and for the liberty and dignity of all Venezuelans. The Secretary expressed his personal respect and appreciation for Interim President Guaido’s commitment to the cause of freedom and his inspiring leadership to millions of Venezuelans yearning for a brighter future. Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the Venezuelan people as they continue to face one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis created by the illegitimate Maduro regime.

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Update on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/update-on-advancing-womens-economic-empowerment/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/19/update-on-advancing-womens-economic-empowerment/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:49:00 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55491 U.S Department of State
Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
January 19, 2021

 

On January 13, the U.S. Department of State released the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Annual Report for 2020. The report outlined how W-GDP, the first-ever whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment, has reached more than 24 million women around the world in its first two years.  These beneficiaries were directly impacted by U.S. Government programs and partnerships.

Building on priorities established during a visit to Central Asia earlier this month led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation CEO Adam Boehler and Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Kelley Currie, W-GDP is also building business women’s networks at the national and regional level with the goal of increasing economic opportunities for women in the formal economy, including in Central Asia.  Additionally, the Department of State is seeking to increase technical assistance opportunities through a new W-GDP Legal Reform Fund to update legal and regulatory codes to advance women’s economic empowerment.

Launched in February 2019, the White House-led W-GDP Initiative advances its work through three pillars:  Women Prospering in the Workforce, Women Succeeding as Entrepreneurs, and Women Enabled in the Economy.  The W-GDP Initiative Annual Report for 2020 and more can be found at: www.wgdp.gov.

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Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Billingslea to Address the Conference on Disarmament https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/18/special-presidential-envoy-for-arms-control-billingslea-to-address-the-conference-on-disarmament/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/18/special-presidential-envoy-for-arms-control-billingslea-to-address-the-conference-on-disarmament/#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2021 07:56:00 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55394 U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Media Note
January 18, 2021

 

Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea, exercising the authorities of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, will deliver the U.S. statement to the opening plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19.  The statement will be delivered virtually. 

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Arrest of Aleksey Navalny https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/17/arrest-of-aleksey-navalny/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/17/arrest-of-aleksey-navalny/#respond Sun, 17 Jan 2021 07:30:00 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55361 Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo
January 17, 2021

 

The United States strongly condemns Russia’s decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny. We note with grave concern that his detention is the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures and independent voices who are critical of Russian authorities.

Confident political leaders do not fear competing voices, nor commit violence against or wrongfully detain political opponents. The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, an independent judiciary, and the ability to exercise their basic human rights of speech and assembly without fear of retribution.

We urge the Russian government to provide a level playing field for all political parties and candidates seeking to compete in the electoral process. Aleksey Navalny is not the problem. We demand his immediate and unconditional release.

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The Ministerial Conference in Support of the Autonomy Initiative Under Moroccan Sovereignty https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/15/the-ministerial-conference-in-support-of-the-autonomy-initiative-under-moroccan-sovereignty/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/15/the-ministerial-conference-in-support-of-the-autonomy-initiative-under-moroccan-sovereignty/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:25:45 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55343 U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Media Note
January 15, 2021

 

The text of the following Chair’s Summary was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco.

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1.  At the invitation of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America, the Ministerial Conference in support of the Autonomy Initiative under Morocco’s sovereignty was held virtually on January 15, 2021.

2.  Forty countries participated in the Conference, among which 27 were represented at the ministerial level.

3.  The Conference participants expressed strong support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to this regional dispute.

4.  The Co-Chairs recalled the Proclamation of the United States of America of December 10, 2020, entitled “Recognizing the Sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over Western Sahara,” which reaffirmed support for Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the dispute over the Western Sahara territory. The Proclamation also urged the parties to engage in discussions in coordination with the United Nations without delay.

5.  Co-Chairs also underlined that the U.S. Presidential Proclamation provides guidance for efforts to advance the UN-exclusive political process aimed at reaching a lasting political solution, with the autonomy initiative as the only realistic basis for such a solution. This Proclamation will strengthen the international consensus in support of the UN-exclusive political process.

6.  The Conference highlighted the decision of twenty United Nations Member States to open Consulates General in the Moroccan cities of Laâyoune and Dakhla, considering that such steps will promote economic and business opportunities for the region, strengthen the vocation of the Sahara region as an economic hub for the entire continent and advance progress towards reaching a long-awaited final political solution to this protracted dispute.

7.  Participants welcomed the development endeavors launched in the region including in the framework of Morocco’s “New Development Model for the Southern Provinces” initiative.

8.  Participants committed to continue their advocacy for a solution, using Morocco’s autonomy plan as the sole framework for resolving the Western Sahara dispute.

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Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/15/imposing-sanctions-on-iranian-entities-for-activities-related-to-conventional-arms-proliferation/ https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/2021/01/15/imposing-sanctions-on-iranian-entities-for-activities-related-to-conventional-arms-proliferation/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:18:48 +0000 https://2017-2021-translations.state.gov/?p=55336 U.S. Department of State
Office of The Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo
January 15, 2021

 

Iranian conventional arms proliferation poses a persistent threat to regional and international security, as evidenced by Iran’s continued military support and confirmed arms transfers that fuel ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. 

On September 21, we announced the implementation of Executive Order 13949 that provides the United States additional tools to hold accountable those actors who seek to abet Iran in supporting armed groups in the region with weapons and arms materiel.  The first designations under this authority included Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO) and Nicolas Maduro, the illegitimate ruler of Venezuela. 

Today, we are announcing the designation of Iran’s Marine Industries Organization (MIO), Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), and the Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) for engaging in activities that materially contribute to the supply, sale, or transfer, directly or indirectly, to or from Iran, or for the use in or benefit of Iran, of arms or related materiel, including spare parts.  Each of these entities manufactures lethal military equipment for Iran’s military, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization that is also designated under our authority targeting Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferators and their supporters.  This military equipment, which includes attack boats, missiles, and combat drones, provides a means for the Iranian regime to perpetrate its global terror campaign.  MIO, AIO, and IAIO were all previously sanctioned pursuant to the same WMD counterproliferation authority. 

We call upon all states to prohibit the sale, supply, or transfer of arms or related material to or from Iran.  The United States will continue working with its partners in the international community to pressure the Iranian regime to fundamentally change its behavior.  Peace loving countries need to work together to constrain Iran’s malign activities. We welcome allies and partners on board our campaign focused on maintaining international peace and security. 

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