Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson REMARKS TO THE PRESS May 12, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 International Religious Freedom Report Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. MR PRICE:  Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today.  I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Secretary Blinken, who will …

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US Humanitarian Assistance To The World

The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  The United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the U.S. private sector, the American people continue to lead in responding to this pandemic. The $274 million will …

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2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Iran

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Islamic Republic of Iran is an authoritarian theocratic republic with a Shia Islamic political system based on velayat-e faqih(guardianship of the jurist or governance by the jurist). Shia clergy, most notably the rahbar (supreme jurist or supreme leader), and political leaders vetted by the clergy dominate key power structures. The supreme leader is the head …

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