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|Hot Issues: HUMAN RIGHTS
Ongoing Issues: COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN; TORTURE
The United States is
a nation founded on the principle of individual rights and is
still working to fully realize the ideals enshrined in its
Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Recent landmark: 50th Anniversary of UN Declaration on Human RightsRecent programs
|Combat Trafficking in Women
The problem of trafficking in women and girls, an insidious form of violence, has received a great deal of attention from the world community. This is an international problem with national implications. Here in the United States, we have seen cases of trafficking for the purposes of foreced prostitution, sweatshop labor, and exploitative domestic servitude. The victims in these cases often believe they will be entering our country to secure a decent job. Instead, they are virtual prisoners, with no resources, little recourse, and no protection against violations of their human rights. My Administration is committed to combating trafficking in women and girls with a focus on the areas of prevention, victim assistance and protection, and enforcement.
President Bill Clinton
USIA has assumed responsibility for an intergovernmental response to the Government of Ukraine's request to jointly develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to combat trafficking in women and girls from and to Ukraine. The U.S.-Ukraine cooperation will serve as a model for a multi-disciplinary approach to combat trafficking that can be expanded to other countries. Reaching beyond the government sector, USIA also works closely with non-governmental organizations, such as Global Survival Network, to address the issue.Recent programs
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BELGIAN ENCOURAGES U.S. TO PROMOTE SUPPORT OF DEMOCRACY
HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT A BEST-SELLER AT THE WASHINGTON FPC
USIA's Washington Foreign Press Center staffers worked late February 25 to duplicate individual sections of the 1998 State Department human rights report for distribution February 26. A dozen foreign journalists were waiting at the front door when the FPC opened at 7:30 a.m. By mid-morning over 50 foreign media had sent someone to pick up sections of the embargoed report, with more to come.
The Czech Republic has been identified as an important transit site for trafficking in women, but recognition of the problem has lagged. In order to raise Czech public awareness of trafficking and the work of law enforcement, USIS hosted NGO La Strada's international panel discussion "Prevention of Trafficking in Women in Postcommunist Countries." La Strada representatives from the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and the Netherlands met with journalists and NGO, government and embassy representatives to discuss the problem in the region and offer ideas for prevention. Extensive media coverage should educate the public to the dangers of trafficking and encourage understanding and assistance for the victims. USIS Prague cooperation with La Strada demonstrated the multiplier effects of USIS programs which have facilitated networking among women in the region. Czech grantees to the Women's Leadership Training Workshop in Krakow in July joined with colleagues they met at the conference to organize this discussion.
(U.S. Information Service, Prague)
AMERICAN CENTER HELPS HUNGARIAN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICE DRAFT LEGISLATION
(U.S. Information Service, Budapest)
"I am interested in Human Rights and in the very core of them - Religious Freedom. Thanks to US Congress for accepting The International Religious Freedom Act to protect freedom abroad.
CINCINNATI PROFESSORS LECTURE IN TURKEY, NEPAL, LITHUANIA
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