Bureau and Mission Strategy

1. Chief of Mission Priorities Our goals are interlinked. Progress on any two goals supports achievement of the third goal. Each goal advances specific United States interests directly through both greater security and prosperity for the United States and indirectly by promoting greater security, prosperity and good governance for our partner and military basing host, ...
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2017 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT – DJIBOUTI

DJIBOUTI EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Djibouti is a republic with a strong elected president and a weak legislature. In April 2016 President Ismail Omar Guelleh was re-elected for a fourth term. International observers from the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and Arab League characterized the election as “peaceful,” “calm,” and “sufficiently free and transparent” but ...
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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC August 15, 2017 [ View Video: 8’34” ] SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as ...
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Let’s end Human Trafficking

Human traffickers around the world exploit more than 20 million victims in forced labor and sex trafficking. This multi-billion dollar industry destroys families and communities. It weakens the rule of law, strengthens criminal networks, and offends universal concepts of human decency.  The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report  looks into what is being done and should be done about this issue. What can ...
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2015 International Religious Freedom – Djibouti

Executive Summary  The constitution establishes Islam as the state religion, but mandates equality for all faiths. The government maintained its authority over all Islamic matters and institutions, including assets and personnel of all mosques. The government started to implement a decree to execute a law on state control of mosques that made imams civil service ...
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