United States Commends Indonesia’s Response to Rohingya Refugees

9 Jul

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

The United States commends the Government of Indonesia and local authorities in Aceh for their response to the arrival of 99 Rohingya refugees on June 24 in Indonesian waters and recognizes Indonesia’s close coordination with UNHCR and IOM.  We applaud Indonesia’s humanitarian actions with respect to this vulnerable population and for serving as a leader within ASEAN on this pressing issue. It sets a strong example for countries in the region and the entire international community.  The United States encourages regional responsibility-sharing and cooperation in search and rescue operations and the provision of safe and humane disembarkation to the most vulnerable who arrive on ASEAN countries’ shores, especially during this pandemic.

At the same time, we are deeply disturbed by reports that the Burmese military has undertaken an offensive in Rathedaung Township, Rakhine State, that appears to have displaced thousands, including ethnic Rakhine and Rohingya.  We have expressed our deep concern about escalating violence between the Burmese military and the Arakan Army and its impact on local communities.  We underscore our previous calls for a cessation of fighting, peaceful dialogue, renewed efforts to protect local communities, and access for humanitarian organizations.

Uncategorised

United States Congratulates the Dominican Republic on Successful Elections

6 Jul

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

The United States congratulates the people of the Dominican Republic on their democratic elections and looks forward to partnering with President-elect Abinader and his government. We will continue to work together to promote security and economic prosperity and safeguard democracy for citizens throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic and the United States are friends and neighbors with a shared commitment to democratic values and the rule of law.

We thank the international observers and civil society leaders for their support of the electoral process and recognize the people of the Dominican Republic and President Danilo Medina for upholding the democratic heritage of the hemisphere.

 

Uncategorised

On the Passage of Georgian Constitutional Reform

29 Jun

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

The United States applauds Georgia’s historic adoption of constitutional amendments that establish a more proportional electoral system. Enacted as a result of the important March 8 agreement among a majority of political parties, they will help promote greater stability and parliamentary pluralism in Georgia’s October parliamentary elections.

We urge Georgia’s parliament to pass election reform legislation that fully incorporates OSCE/ODIHR recommendations, and Georgia’s authorities to effectively implement such legislation. A key test for Georgia’s democratic evolution will be the holding of a free, fair, and transparent electoral process that represents the choice of the Georgian people. The fairness of the pre-election and post-election periods is equally as important as the conduct of election day.

The United States will continue to support Georgia’s efforts to strengthen its democracy, electoral practices, and the rule of law, as well as its broader Euro-Atlantic aspirations, which are among the best defenses against Russian aggression.

 

 

Uncategorised