Word from Washington: July 2019

Categories: Featured , IGD News , Member News
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In early July, Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37) led a U.S. Congressional delegation to Cameroon to lead talks on health and human rights issues. The visit came amid growing tension in the country due to militant group Boko Haram’s increased presence, which has affected humanitarian aid efforts.

The delegation met with people displaced by the conflict, as well as Cameroonian activists and rights groups. The trip was a follow up to a May resolution passed by U.S. Congress that condemned the violence and abuses by armed groups in Cameroon. Bass and her colleagues hope that further peace talks and progress can be made following their visit, and will continue to call on the local and international community to provide necessary aid and support.

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a simple resolution on H.Res. 432, introduced by Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05) in June, condemning the attacks on peaceful protesters and supporting an immediate peaceful transition to a civilian-led democratic government in Sudan.

Kildee and his cosponsors for the resolution were particularly concerned following the June 3rd killing of multiple peaceful protesters in Sudan perpetrated by the government. The resolution represents a commitment from U.S. Congress to support the Sudanese people’s fight for democracy, and highlights points of improvement that the country’s leaders must demonstrate and implement if they want to continue having a productive engagement with the United States.

The Trump administration continued to move forward on its commitment to increasing trade with African nations, as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley led a delegation of U.S. government officials to Mozambique last month to witness the historic $20 billion signing ceremony between Anadarko Petroleum and the southeast African nation. The project is the largest ever U.S. investment in Africa.