Ambassador Sands’ remarks at the 2018 Pride Reception

Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome. I’m joined here by my fellow hosts – the Ambassador of Australia, the Charge d’Affaires from Canada, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the UK, because we all share a common goal: to advance the equal rights and human rights of LGBTI persons. And I know we share that ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Carla Sands and The Embassy of the United States of America

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Carla Sands and The Embassy of the United States of America August 8, 2018 We are disappointed to learn that some members of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) organizations have declined to attend the Pride reception hosted by the embassies of the United ...
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National Religious Freedom Day 2018

Since 1993, the President of the United States has proclaimed January 16 as National Religious Freedom Day, commemorating the Virginia General Assembly‘s adoption of Thomas Jefferson‘s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. The idea of Freedom of Religion is enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ...
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Let’s end Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is an assault on human dignity and should be penalized accordingly. No government can hold human traffickers accountable or address the needs of victims without stringent and comprehensive human trafficking laws, strong law enforcement, prosecutorial capacity funded with adequate resources, and an informed judiciary. 
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Danish students help with counter-radicalization

The U.S. Embassy organized a workshop on counter-radicalization for approximately 90 young Danish pupils in the age of 15-20 at the Youth Folkemøde. The intention of the workshop was to open a dialogue on violent extremism and radicalization with the participants and discuss what initiatives can be taken to prevent these unfortunately very relevant and ...
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Gender Equality: It should be the norm – but it isn’t

Gender Equality Panel Discussion at the Youth Folkemøde The embassy had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion about gender equality. The U.S government is a strong supporter of empowering women’s rights in the political, economic and social realms of their countries. The panel was moderated by Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Lochman and the panelists included Ambassador Rufus Gifford , Natasha Joo f (the ...
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Celebrating Faroese Ólavsøka and Pride

In the last week of July, Ambassador Gifford, Dr. Stephen DeVincent, and embassy staff went to the Faroe Islands. The visit had many aspects including strengthening business ties, being the unique nature and ecosystem that exists in the Faroe Islands. But the two biggest items on the agenda were 1)participating in the Faroese Pride Celebrations ...
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A look at human rights around the world

It will come as no surprise that basic human rights are not respected in many countries around the world. Every year, U.S. Embassies around the world work closely with host country NGOs and governments to take stock of the human rights situation in that country. The findings are released in an annual report. Each country has ...
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Women Deliver in Copenhagen

Women Deliver Conference In mid-May Copenhagen was host city to the Women Deliver Conference . It was the world’s largest global conference on the health, rights, and well being of girls and women in the last decade. The Embassy and several parts of the U.S. Government participated in the conference, which focused on women’s rights, inclusion of women ...
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