On March 29, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will travel to Ethiopia to meet with government officials. This is part of the continued follow-up on President Obama’s July visit to Addis Ababa.
On March 30-31, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will meet with government officials and civil society groups in Rwanda to discuss media freedom, regulations governing NGO operations, and broader dynamics in the region.
On April 1-2, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will then travel to Burundi to where he will meet with government officials to discuss the importance of conducting immediate and independent investigations of human rights abuse allegations.
On April 2-6, he will be in Kenya to meet with government and security force officials, parliamentarians, civil society advocates, and religious leaders to discuss a range of issues including the importance of an active and empowered civil society, rule of law, the intersection of human rights and security efforts, and progress on implementing the Kenya-U.S. Joint Commitment to Promote Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kenya agreed during the President’s visit.