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#USA : Sanctions à l’encontre du Régime de HUN Sen : #Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018

Download Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018 HR-5754

Yoho Introduces Bill to Push Back Dictator Hun Sen

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, introduced the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018.  Chairman Yoho released the following statement:

The Cambodian people are starving for democracy. Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has clung to power for decades and has no intentions of loosening his iron grip on that country. As support for the opposition has strengthened in the last few years, Hun Sen has decided that if he can no longer dominate the polls even in a rigged election system, he will retain power through force.

“Hun Sen has used violence, threats, and sham prosecutions to attack the peaceful opposition. In 2017, the regime-controlled Parliament and Supreme Court dismantled the Cambodia National Rescue Party and banned its elected officials from office, eliminating the country’s only viable opposition party.

“Hun Sen’s relentless consolidation of power means that his abuses, which also include attacks against NGOs and the shuttering of critical media outlets, will only continue. The Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018 will push back against the Hun Sen regime’s undermining of democracy and related human rights abuses by applying financial sanctions to the figures who carry out this despicable agenda and codifying the Administration’s existing visa restrictions for these individuals. This bill will help the people of Cambodia in their pursuit of democracy by imposing costs on Hun Sen’s consolidation of power.”

សមាជិក​សភា​អាមេរិក​ដាក់​សំណើ​ច្បាប់​ដើម្បី​ចាត់​វិធានការ​ទណ្ឌកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន

12 May 2018

#Chine #USA : L’inévitable guerre économique

US China to Meet for Round 2, But Big Differences Remain

 

… analysts say after the first round, the differences between the two sides are huge. Some believe the differences are so fundamental and big that an escalation of tariffs is unavoidable.

FILE - Newly-manufactured cars and a container ship are seen at Dayaowan port of Dalian, Liaoning province, June 10, 2012.

09 May 2018

#Cambodge : La Maison Blanche a pris des mesures de sanctions contre le régime de HUN Sen

D’autres mesures de sanctions seront annoncées

par le Sénat et la Chambre des Représentants !

While U.S. has been has been a committed development partner of over past quarter century, recent setbacks to democracy are concerning & have compelled us to review our assistance to ensure American taxpayer funds are not being used to support anti-democratic behavior.

Statement from the Press Secretary on Reduction in Assistance to the Government of Cambodia

សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​សម្រេច​​កាត់​ជំនួយ​​​ទៅ​កម្ពុជា​

 

US cuts Cambodia aid over democracy concerns

Hun Sen posting his vote in Kandal polling station

US reduces aid to Cambodia citing ‘setbacks to democracy’

28 Feb 2018

#USA : Mesures de restriction de Visas prises par les Etats-Unis contre HUN Sen et son gouvernement

Visa Restrictions on Individuals Responsible for Undermining Cambodian Democracy

Press Statement

Heather Nauert 
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 6, 2017

As the White House stated in a November 16, press statement, the United States is taking concrete steps to respond to the Cambodian government’s actions that have undermined the country’s progress in advancing democracy and respect for human rights. These actions—which run counter to the Paris Peace Agreements of 1991 that ended a tragic conflict and accorded the Cambodian people democratic rights—include the dissolution of the main opposition political party and banning of its leaders from electoral politics, imprisonment of opposition leader Kem Sokha, restriction of civil society, and suppression of independent media.

In direct response to the Cambodian government’s series of anti-democratic actions, we announce the Secretary of State will restrict entry into the United States of those individuals involved in undermining democracy in Cambodia. In certain circumstances, family members of those individuals will also be subject to visa restrictions.

We call on the Cambodian government to reverse course by reinstating the political opposition, releasing Kem Sokha, and allowing civil society and media to resume their constitutionally protected activities. Such actions could lead to a lifting of these travel restrictions and increase the potential for Cambodia’s 2018 electoral process to regain legitimacy.

We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional steps as necessary, while maintaining our close and enduring ties with the people of Cambodia.

 

សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ដាក់​បម្រាម​ទិដ្ឋាការ​មន្ត្រី​កម្ពុជា​ និង​គ្រួសារ

រូបឯកសារ៖ លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី ​ហ៊ុន សែន (កណ្តាល) និយាយ​ទៅ​កាន់​មន្រ្តី​មួយ​រូប ខណៈ​ដែល​រដ្ឋមន្រ្តី​ក្រសួងការពារ​ជាតិ​លោក​ ទៀ បាញ់ និង​មន្រ្តី​ក្រសួង​ការពារជាតិ​ មួយ​ចំនួន​ទៀត​ ចុះ​ពី​យន្តហោះ​ បន្ទាប់​ពី​ដំណើរទស្សនកិច្ច​ទៅ​កាន់​ប្រទេស​ឡាវ នៅ​ប្រលាន​យន្តហោះ​ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​សៅរ៍ ទី១២ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៧។ (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

U.S. to deny visas to Cambodian officials over opposition crackdown

US restricts visas for Cambodians ‘undermining democracy’

 

U.S. Issues Travel Restrictions Against Cambodians Over ‘Anti-Democratic Actions’

Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen

US to issue visa sanctions against Cambodian officials ‘undermining democracy’

 

 

07 Dec 2017

#Cambodge : Le Sénat #américain demande des sanctions contre le Gouvernement de HUN Sen

La résolution S. RES. 279 soumise par 3 sénateurs 

Mr. McCain, Mr. Durbin et Mr. Rubio

 

That the Senate—

(1) reaffirms the commitment of the United States to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Cambodia;

(2) condemns all forms of political violence in Cambodia, and urges the cessation of ongoing human rights violations;

(3) urges Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party to end all harassment and intimidation of Cambodia’s opposition and foster an environment where democracy can thrive and flourish;

(4) urges the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to consider placing all senior Cambodian government officials implicated in the abuses noted above on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list

US persons are prohibited from doing business

with any person or entity designated as an SDN

(5) urges the Government of Cambodia to free Mr. Kem Sokha immediately and unconditionally;

(6) calls on the Government of Cambodia to respect freedom of the press and the rights of its citizens to freely assemble, protest, and speak out against the government; 

(7) supports electoral reform efforts in Cambodia and free and fair elections in 2018 monitored by international observers; and

(8) urges the President to communicate to the Government of Cambodia that if it ignores the recommendations of the international community and maintains the current restrictive and intimidating political environment, the United States Government will have no choice but to determine that the 2018 elections were not conducted freely or fairly because the results could not be an expression of the democratic will of the Cambodian people.

US Senate urges sanctions against Cambodia government

 

សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិកជំរុញឲ្យដាក់ទណ្ឌកម្មលើរដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា

 

ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​អាមេរិក​ដាក់​បញ្ចូល​សេចក្ដី​សម្រេច​ទណ្ឌកម្ម​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា​ទៅ​ជជែក

 

04 Nov 2017

Les Etats-Unis se retirent de l’#UNESCO, le 31 Décembre 2018

Les Chinois vont profiter du vide laissé par les américains.

The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

 

12 Oct 2017

#USA : McCAIN & DURBIN PROMOTE DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS & RULE OF LAW IN #CAMBODIA

Click to read the RESOLUTION

Resolved, That the Senate

(1) reaffirms the commitment of the United States to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Cambodia;

(2) condemns all forms of political violence in Cambodia, and urges the cessation of ongoing human rights violations;

(3) urges Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party to end all harassment and intimidation of Cambodia’s opposition and foster an environment where democracy can thrive and flourish;

(4) urges the Department of State, in association with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of the Treasury, to consider placing all senior Cambodian government officials implicated in the abuses noted above on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list;

(5) urges the Government of Cambodia to free Mr. Kem Sokha immediately and unconditionally;

(6) calls on the Government of Cambodia to respect freedom of the press and the rights of its citizens to freely assemble, protest, and speak out against the government;

(7) supports electoral reform efforts in Cambodia and free and fair elections in 2018 monitored by international observers; and

(8) urges the President to communicate to the Government of Cambodia that if it ignores the recommendations of the international community and maintains the current restrictive and intimidating political environment, the United States Government will have no choice but to determine that the 2018 elections were not conducted freely or fairly because the results could not be an expression of the democratic will of the Cambodian people.

សមាជិក​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​អាមេរិកពីឆ្វេងទៅស្ដាំ លោក ចន ម៉ាកខេន (John McCain)ពីខាងគណបក្សសាធារណរដ្ឋ និង​ លោក ឌិក ឌើប៊ិន (Dick Durbin)មកពីខាងគណបក្សប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ។

 

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a resolution today reaffirming the United States’ commitment to promoting democracy, human rights and rule of law in Cambodia.

The Cambodian Government, led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, has launched a brutal crackdown on political opposition and civil society ahead of national elections scheduled for July 2018. This resolution condemns all forms of political violence in Cambodia, urges the immediate release of opposition leader Kem Sokha, and calls for free, fair, and monitored 2018 elections.

“Despite decades of U.S. and international attention to promote a pluralistic and democratic system, the situation in Cambodia remains dire,” said Chairman McCain. “Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled the country with impunity for over three decades and throughout his rule, Hun Sen has resorted to any and all means to suppress the legitimate political opposition, harass civil society, restrain the media environment, and deny the democratic aspirations of the Cambodian people. This resolution is critical to seeking justice and protecting the basic human rights and freedoms of the Cambodian people.”

“The deliberate undermining of democracy being perpetrated by the Cambodian government must stop,” said Senator Durbin. “We call on Prime Minister Hun Sen and the governing party to respect the rule of law, human rights, and basic democratic norms. The world is watching.”   

សមាជិក​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​អាមេរិក ​ដាក់​ស្នើ​សេចក្ដី​សម្រេច ទាមទារ​​ឲ្យ​​ដោះ​លែង​លោក​​ កឹម សុខា

 

សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិកស្នើដាក់បញ្ចូលមន្ដ្រីខ្មែរក្នុងបញ្ជីដែលគេលែងទាក់ទងជាមួយ

 

04 Oct 2017

#cambodge : HUN Sen poursuit ses attaques contre les #USA

PM tears into US over war legacy

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to garment industry workers yesterday in Phnom Penh's Chol Chok district.

Cambodia’s ties with US frayed, says official

 

មន្ត្រី​កម្ពុជា​បារម្ភ​ពី​ការ​កាត់​ជំនួយ​និង​ទណ្ឌកម្ម​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​ពី​អាមេរិក​ ​ខណៈ​ទំនាក់ទំនង​មាន​ភាព​រកាំរកូស

រូបឯកសារ៖ កម្មកររោងចក្រកាត់ដេរកំពុងដេរសម្លៀកបំពាក់នៅក្នុងរោងចក្រមួយ នៅរាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ កាលពី​ថ្ងៃទី៤ ខែសីហា ឆ្នាំ២០០៧។

28 Sep 2017

#Cambodge : Pression américaine sur HUN Sen. Lettre des Membres du Congrès à R. Tillerson

Nous vous demandons de concerter avec nos alliés régionaux et la communauté internationale plus large afin d’utiliser tous les moyens diplomatiques nécessaires pour forcer le gouvernement de HUN Sen à respecter les normes démocratiques et l’Etat de droit.

We urge you to work with our regional allies and the wider international community to use all necessary diplomatic means to compel the HUN Sen gouvernment to adhere to democratic norms and rule of law.

 

We urge you to address these concerns with Prime Minister Hun Sen and to press the Cambodian gouvernment to respect the rights of its own citizens by allowing for freedom of the press and respecting a free and fair election. Cambodia must take these steps if it wishes to seek greater economic and strategic ties with the United States.

 

ក្រុម​សមាជិក​សភាអាមេរិក​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​កម្ពុជា​កែ​ប្រែ​ស្ថាន​ការណ៍​នយោបាយ​ដែល​កំពុង​ដុនដាប​ ប្រសិន​បើ​ចង់​បាន​ផល​ចំណេញ​ខាង​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច

 

សមាជិក​សភា​អាមេរិក​​ចង់​​ឲ្យ​​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ការបរទេស​​ដោះ​ស្រាយ​​បញ្ហា​​កំពុង​​កើត​​មាន​នៅ​​កម្ពុជា​​ជាមួយ​​លោក​​ហ៊ុន សែន​

19 Sep 2017

Sanctions contre le #cambodge : Interdiction de visa B1, B2 par l’Ambassade des Etats-Unis à Phnom Penh

United States of America, Department of Stateស្ថានទូតសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិកនៅកម្ពុជា

L’Ambassade des Etats-Unis à Phnom Penh suspend l’attribution de visa B1 et B2, B1/B2 aux officiels du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères de HUN Sen (du rang de directeur au rang de ministre) et aux membres de leur famille.

 

ព័ត៌មានស្តីពីការផ្អាកលែងផ្តល់ទិដ្ឋាការប្រភេទមិនមែនអន្តោប្រវេសន៍មួយចំនួននៅប្រទេសកម្ពុជា

ចាប់​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៣ ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ ស្ថានទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​នៃ​ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រ​កម្ពុជា​នឹង​ផ្អាក​លែង​ចេញ​ទិដ្ឋាការ​ប្រភេទ B1 ប្រភេទ B2 និង​ប្រភេទ B1/B2 ដល់​មន្ត្រី​នៃ​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស​កម្ពុជា​ដែល​មាន​តួនាទី​ចាប់​ពី​ថ្នាក់​អគ្គនាយក​រហូត​ដល់​ថ្នាក់​ដឹកនាំ​កំពូល​នៃ​ក្រសួង​នេះ និង​សមាជិក​ក្រុម​គ្រួសារ​របស់​ពួកគេ ដោយ​មាន​ករណី​លើកលែង​តិច​តួច​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ​។

 

Photo published for Notice on the Suspension of Certain Non-Immigrant Visas | U.S. Embassy in Cambodia

As of September 13, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has discontinued issuing B1, B2, and B1/B2 visas for Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees, with the rank of Director General and above, and their families, with limited exceptions.

Under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, when so requested by the Secretary of Homeland Security due to a particular country’s refusal to accept or unreasonably delay the return of its nationals, the Secretary of State must order consular officers to suspend issuing visas until informed by the Secretary of Homeland Security that the country in question has accepted the individuals.

If you are subject to this visa suspension and you choose to apply, we will interview you but will not be able to issue a visa until the suspension is lifted. Please consider this carefully before you apply.

Application fees will not be refunded.

13 Sep 2017

#CoréeDuNord : Sanctions possibles contre la #Chine

Treasury’s Mnuchin: China may face new sanctions on North Korea

 

“If China doesn’t follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system, and that’s quite meaningful,” Mnuchin said.

 

12 Sep 2017

#cambodge : Attaques de HUN Sen contre les Etats-Unis : La réaction de l’Ambassadeur Heidt

We join the European Union in calling for Mr. Kem Sokha’s immediate release. The normal functioning of Cambodia’s media market should be restored. Pressure on civil society should cease. And, perhaps most importantly, the government, opposition, and civil society should begin a dialogue about the future of Cambodia’s democracy in an open, respectful, and pressure-free environment.

The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia rejected government accusations of interference by the United States as “inaccurate, misleading and baseless”

“All of the accusations you have heard in recent weeks about the United States – every one of them – are false.”

Heidt called for the release of Kem Sokha, the end to pressure on civil society and for dialogue between the government and opposition to “salvage” elections and restore the bilateral relationship between the countries.

Opening Statement by Ambassador William A. Heidt at a Press Availability

US ambassador rejects allegations of plotting in Cambodia (Financial Times)

U.S. rejects Cambodian accusations, calls for opposition leader’s release (Reuters)

12 Sep 2017

#cambodge : Attaques frontales de HUN Sen contre les USA

Avant de s’envoler pour la Chine, HUN Sen a relancé de nouvelles attaques verbales contre les Etats-Unis, en les accusant d’être derrière les mouvements qui cherchent à changer son régime.

 

L’Ambassade des Etats-Unis à Phnom Penh a envoyé deux tweets ce matin :

Que font les Etats-Unis au Cambodge ?

Réponse 1 : Sauver les temples

Réponse 2 : Aider à sauver les forêts précieuses du Cambodge.

 

What does the United States do in Cambodia? We save temples!

What does the United States do in ? We helped save precious Cambodian forests!

Le 8 septembre l’Ambassade des Etats-Unis a envoyé un tweet contenant un Hashtag incompréhensible par HUN Sen  

U.S. rejects Cambodian accusations, calls for opposition leader’s release

 The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia rejected government accusations of interference by the United States as “inaccurate, misleading and baseless”

“All of the accusations you have heard in recent weeks about the United States – every one of them – are false.”

Heidt called for the release of Kem Sokha, the end to pressure on civil society and for dialogue between the government and opposition to “salvage” elections and restore the bilateral relationship between the countries.

 

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12 Sep 2017

#usa : L’administration Trump veut la restauration de la démocratie au #venezuela

The United States will not rest and will not relent until Venezuela is restored to a full and prosperous democracy.

Latin America rejects Trump’s military threat against Venezuela

15 Aug 2017

#usa #russie : Rencontre entre Poutine et Trump au G20

 

A lire le Point de presse donné par Tillerson sur la rencontre entre Poutine et Trump pendant le G20 : les cyber -attaques russes, la Syrie et la Corée du Nord et la Chine :

HomePress Briefing on the President’s Meetings at the G20 | July 7, 2017

Sur la syrie : Yes, our position continues to be that we see no long-term role for the Assad family or the Assad regime

 

The Latest: Syria cease-fire goes into effect Sunday

 

Trump says he had a ‘tremendous meeting’ with Putin

 

Trump face à Poutine : des contentieux en série

 

G20 : échange “très vigoureux” entre Trump et Poutine

08 Jul 2017

#cambodge : Total des exportations vers l’UE $4 Milliards, les Etats-Unis $2.1Milliards

Quelques chiffres à retenir (pour 2016)

Total des exportations du Cambodge : $10 Milliards

Total des importations : 12 Milliards

Total des exportations des produits des usines de confection :

2/3 de 10$ = $6.6 Milliards

Total des exportations vers l’Union Européenne : $4 Millards

Total des exportations vers les Etats_Unis : $2.1 Millards

International trade swells to $22B

 

An overview of shipment container storage at a terminal last year in Kandal province.

21 Mar 2017

#usa #allemagne #ue : Face à D. Trump, A. Merkel a défendu l’Union Européenne

“I hope we can come back to the table and

talk about the agreement” between the EU and US, she said.

 

Répondre au repli américain et remettre à l’ordre du jour la défense du commerce mondial

 

Poignée de main, argent : la rencontre Trump-Merkel glace l’Allemagne

A voir la Vidéo.

Photo published for Weißes Haus: Trump will Merkels Handschlag-Frage nicht gehört haben - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Politik

Tensions show as Trump, Merkel meet for first time

Merkel rejected Trump’s suggestion that individual European countries should negotiate free trade deals with the United States, rather than under existing EU-US negotiations.

Germany rejects Trump’s claim it owes NATO and U.S. ‘vast sums’ for defense

German Defense minister Ursula von der Leyen listens to media in Amari air base, Estonia, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

 

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Joint Press Conference with President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel

 

20 Mar 2017

#usa #chine #diplomatie : R. Tillerson à Pékin : Changement de ton ! Les Droits de l’Homme revenus sur le tapis !

R. Tillerson à Pékin : Changement de ton radical pour apaiser la tension en Asie Pacifique, après des propos fracassants qui visaient la Corée du Nord.

Les Etats-unis parlent à nouveau des valeurs universelles des Droits de l’Homme.

 

The U.S. side is ready to develop relations with China based on the principle of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, said Tillerson.

Tillerson ends China trip with warm words from President Xi

“You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this,” Xi said.
“We both believe that China-U.S. cooperation henceforth is the direction we are both striving for. We are both expecting a new era for constructive development,” Xi said.
“We know that through further dialogue we will achieve a greater understanding that will lead to a strengthened, strengthening of the ties between China and the United States and set the tone for our future relationship of cooperation.”

 

President Xi meets U.S. Secretary of State

President Xi Jinping met here Sunday with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that cooperation is the only correct choice for both countries.
Tillerson said President Trump valued communication with President Xi, and looked forward to meeting Xi and the opportunity for a visit to China.
The U.S. side is ready to develop relations with China based on the principle of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, said Tillerson.

CHINA-U.S.-MEETING (CN)

U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE

It is important that the leaders of our two countries engage in further dialogue to develop a common understanding that will guide our relationship for the next half-century.

and we must both promote stability and growth

And I made clear that the United States will continue to advocate for universal values such as human rights and religious freedom.

U.S. will continue to advocate for universal values such as human rights & religious freedom

#asiepacifique : Bruits de bottes ou pire

19 Mar 2017

#US DEPARTMENT OF STATE : CAMBODIA 2016 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

Quietly Released US Rights Report Slams Courts, Corruption

The U.S. State Department released its annual human rights report on Friday with little fanfare, repeating longstanding past concerns with Cambodia’s judiciary, corruption and intimidation of civil society to an increasingly unreceptive government.

Will the US Withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council?

 
On Monday, President Donald Trump outlined budget proposals that would boost military spending while cutting funding to an array of other programs. 
HRW’s Washington Director Sarah Margon reacts:
The world is a lot more complicated than can be seen from a Predator drone or an F-35. A budget that slashes State Department and USAID funding, while further expanding the Pentagon, shows Trump is intent on undermining US government agencies that address pressing human rights issues, most of which are not dealt with by military force.
There are also indications that the Trump budget seeks to cut State Department programs, including those that fund independent media, civil society groups, and the rule of law. Doing so would reverse decades of bipartisan consensus that the United States benefits from a world where executive authority is constrained by these essential checks on democracy. 

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE : CAMBODIA 2016 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

The most significant human rights problems included a politicized and ineffective judiciary; increased restrictions on freedoms of speech, assembly, and association; and the use of violence and imprisonment–both actual and threatened–to intimidate the political opposition and civil society as well as to suppress dissenting voices.

Other human rights problems included continued prisoner abuse, restrictions on press freedom and online expression, failure to grant equal access and fair treatment to asylum seekers, pervasive corruption, and trafficking in persons.

 

 

Trump administration to propose ‘dramatic reductions’ in foreign aid

Reuters and other news outlets reported earlier this week that the administration plans to propose to Congress cuts in the budgets for the U.S. State Department and Agency for International Development by about one third.

“We are going to propose to reduce foreign aid and we are going to propose to spend that money here,” White House Office of Management Budget director Mick Mulvaney told Fox News on Saturday, adding the proposed cuts would include “fairly dramatic reductions in foreign aid.”

The United States spends just over $50 billion annually on the State Department and USAID, compared with $600 billion or more each year on the Pentagon.

 

Rex Tillerson skips State Department’s annual announcement on human rights, alarming advocates

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 1, 2017

As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where Allies meet their responsibilities, an immigration process that vets those coming into our country, and borders/ports of entry that are secure. We will work with allies to counter nations that threaten their neighbors or destabilize their regions. American foreign policy must promote our core values of freedom, democracy, and stability.

05 Mar 2017

#southchinasea #merdechinedusud : La #Chine en train de changer de position ?

La Chine a t-elle peur d’un conflit militaire avec les Etats-Unis ?

La Chine serait encline à assouplir sa position en acceptant de négocier avec les pays de l’Asean sur la base d’un nouveau “code of conduct”. La Chine jusqu’à aujourd’hui a toujours privilégié la “discussion bilatérale” avec les pays avec lesquels elle est en conflit en Mer de Chine du Sud.  

 

Southeast Asia, China Move Toward Elusive Deal to Avoid Conflicts in Contested Sea

South China Sea Territorial Claims

China military says aware of U.S. carrier in South China Sea

Defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said China had a “grasp” of the situation regarding the carrier group in the South China Sea.

“China hopes the U.S. earnestly respects the sovereignty and security concerns of countries in the region, and earnestly respects the efforts of countries in the region to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Ren told a regular monthly news briefing.

“Of course, we also respect freedom of navigation and overflight for all countries in the South China Sea in accordance with international law,” he added.

 

23 Feb 2017