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Bureau of African Affairs

Jendayi Frazer - Assistant Secretary of African AffairsAssistant Secretary Jendayi Frazer leads the Bureau of African Affairs, the division of the Department of State that advises the Secretary about sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Frazer believes that we are living in an historic window of opportunity. For example, in the last five years, we have seen belligerence yield to negotiation in six contentious settings: Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the North-South element of the Sudan crisis. Formerly divided by conflict, Burundi now has an elected government up and running. The Democratic Republic of Congo has similarly moved beyond transition to successfully hold its first national election in more than 40 years. This is an historical shift. In the years ahead, African leaders face three key challenges: consolidating democratic gains, expanding economic growth, and stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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International Religious Freedom Report
Secretary Rice (Sept. 14):
"Today, I have transmitted to Congress the 9th Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. We hope that this report, which is also available on the Department's website, will continue to serve as a resource for all in the United States and in the international community who share our concerns about religious freedom. We also hope that it will serve to encourage those whose plight is documented in this report and whose right to believe, practice and worship freely is denied by their governments." Full text

Sierra Leone Presidential Run-off Election, September 8, 2007"The United States congratulates the Republic of Sierra Leone for the peaceful presidential run-off electoral process on September 8, 2007."  Full text
(Sept. 10):

Secretary Rice Congratulates Somalia
(Aug. 18):
The United States congratulates the participants in the Somalia National Reconciliation Congress on the completion of Phase One of the Congress and the progress achieved thus far.  Full text

Human Rights: Pressing for the Right To Be Heard
Secretary Rice: "With the release of this year's reports we are recommitting ourselves to help neClickable Map of Africa Regionw democracies deliver on their people's aspirations for a better life. We are recommitting ourselves to stand with those courageous men and women who struggle for their freedom and their rights." Human Rights Report, 2006

Country Reports on Terrorism
Africa Overview - Read about 20 countries efforts

Trafficking in Persons: Interim Assessments
The 2007 Interim Assessment covers: Central African Republic, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, South Africa, Togo.  2007 Report

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August 2007 Releases:

2nd Group of Ethiopian Opposition Leaders Pardoned Full text
Commencement of Second Phase of National Reconciliation Congress (Aug. 18): Full text
USG Encourages SADC Efforts in Zimbabwe (Aug. 17): Full text
Support for Northern Uganda/LRA Peace Talks (Aug. 16): Full text
Death of Journalists in Mogadishu Full text
Sierra Leone Elections (Aug. 13): Full text
Zimbabwe: Government Threatens White Farmers - TQ (Aug. 8): Full text
On-the-Record Briefing on Sudan (Aug. 7): Full text
Anniversary of the Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania (Aug. 6): Full text 
United States and International Development: Partnership for Growth (Aug. 6): Fact Sheet
U.S. Policy in the Horn of Africa (Aug. 4): Full text
Exploring the U.S. AFRICOM and a New Strategic Relationship with Africa (Aug. 1): Full text
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Sierra Leone Swears in a New President
(Sept. 18): We congratulate the people of Sierra Leone, who have peacefully elected Ernest Bai Koroma as the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Full text

U.S. Support for Virunga National Park and Mountain Gorillas of the DROC
(Sept. 18): The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development are making available $496,000 of new funds to support the park rangers and endangered wildlife of the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Full text

International Narcotics Report Certification Update (Guinea Bissau/Nigeria)
(Sept. 17): Full texts

International Religious Freedom Report
(Sept. 14) : Briefing by Amb. Hanford

Sierra Leone Presidential Run-off Election, September 8, 2007
(Sept. 10): "The United States congratulates the Republic of Sierra Leone for the peaceful presidential run-off electoral process on September 8, 2007."  Full text

South Africa Conviction of A.Q. Khan Network Associate
(Sept. 10): The U.S. welcomes the conviction of Gerhard Wisser for his involvement in the A.Q. Khan nuclear network.  Full text

US Calls for End to Violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo
(Sept. 6): We call on both sides to implement the agreements as quickly as possible. The United States will stand with these two neighbors to support their efforts for the future of their region. Full text

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