Congressmember Karen Bass and her Congressional colleagues visited the United Nations and met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Congressmember Karen Bass is honored to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as Ranking Member (or lead Democrat) on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations.
Congressmember Bass firmly believes that a strong U.S. foreign policy is rooted in three important and fundamental pillars: diplomacy, development, and defense. These pillars provide the basis for our nation’s ability to wisely and effectively leverage U.S. resources to address global challenges including food insecurity, the burden of endemic and epidemic disease and, war and conflict from around the world.
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U.S.-led economic development and trade promotion activities help expand markets and ensure greater peace and stability in foreign nations and importantly empower individuals and communities through job creation and opportunities for underrepresented populations including women and girls. U.S. foreign engagement has created jobs and employment opportunities not only overseas but here in the United States.
As our government seeks opportunities to engage the U.S. private sector in business opportunities abroad, we do so knowing that both public and private sectors have important roles to play in a most justice, stable and peaceful world.
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"I call on the Government of Zimbabwe to release journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume, leader of the opposition party Transform Zimbabwe. The Government of Zimbabwe has continuously detained and arrested individuals who oppose their economic and political views, and this is a direct violation of their right to freedom of press, speech, and assembly.
The bill is being cosponsored by Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as the Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM), Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.
"I would like to congratulate President Lazarus Chakwera on winning the rerun of the historic election in Malawi. The repeat of this election demonstrated that the voice of the people can be heard and that African courts have the capacity to tackle ballot fraud and restrain presidential power. Malawians came together through peaceful protests to urge that Malawi must be for all citizens, regardless of class or party affiliation."
Read the full letter here.
"I am discouraged by the recent apparent detainment and brutal assault of three young women from the opposition party in Zimbabwe. Joannah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova have the right to peacefully protest the government, and should not be subjected to inhumane treatment while exercising their human rights. I implore the government of Zimbabwe to investigate this matter and bring the culprits to justice. I also urge the government of Zimbabwe to ensure all citizens can exert their views in a safe space.”
"The Trump administration’s latest action to veto a UN resolution that called for a global ceasefire in order to collectively address this pandemic is yet another indicator that they are completely uninterested in cultivating a unified international front to combat this disease. The COVID-19 pandemic will only end when there is a concerted worldwide approach to eradicating this disease and the devastating health and economic consequences. That’s how Ebola was handled by President Obama.
"This week G-20 nations agreed to suspend bilateral debt service payments until the end of the year for 76 low-income countries including 40 sub-Saharan African countries. This will allow vulnerable nations to use those financial resources for responding to the coronavirus pandemic that will place a heavy burden on already weak healthcare systems. This is an important first step, but more will be needed as African countries deal with the social and economic impact of the virus."
“We were deeply disturbed and saddened to hear about the violence committed at the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC last night,” said the Congresswomen. “Acts of violence targeting diplomats and diplomatic missions are wholly unacceptable and should be quickly condemned. While we are certainly glad there are no injuries, we strongly support the Secret Service investigation into this incident. We must continue to do everything we can to protect diplomatic missions at home and abroad.”
“The WHO plays a vital role in supporting and enforcing international health regulations, educating the public, and strengthening the ability of health systems—particularly those in the developing world—to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks. The organization is not perfect, and we should thoroughly review its early handling of this crisis, particularly its engagement with Chinese authorities, and advocate for appropriate reforms,” wrote the lawmakers.
"President Donald Trump’s absolute abdication of international responsibility and leadership is now unequivocally apparent.