Review of Resources, Priorities and Programs in the FY 2017 State Department Budget Request, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, April 26, 2016   [open pdf - 512KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the April 26, 2016 hearing on "Review of Resources, Priorities and Programs in the FY 2017 State Department Budget Request" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the statement of Tomasz Malinowski: "As you know, Secretary Kerry recently released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which provides an assessment of human rights conditions in countries around the world. When releasing the report, Secretary Kerry noted that we have seen important democratic gains in such countries as Vietnam, Tunisia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Burma, though in each there are challenges that still need to be overcome. He also pointed out, however, that in many countries in the world, there are still major challenges. Seventy-two countries saw increased persecution of civil society, crackdowns on freedom of expression, and restrictions on the rule of law. Members of religious minorities are persecuted for their faith. Human rights activists are harassed, detained, abducted, and even killed for speaking out. Physical threats by state and non-state actors against journalists and editors reporting on corruption and other abuses are on the rise." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tomasz P. Malinowski, Francisco Palmieri, and Elizabeth Hogan.

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