Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 13, 2013


Assistant Secretary Michael Posner traveled to Afghanistan February 4 to 6. While in Afghanistan, he convened a session of the U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Commission's "Promoting Shared Democratic Values" Working Group alongside members of the Afghan Government. To inform the objectives of the bilateral dialogue, he and Afghan Government officials consulted widely with civil society activists on the protection of human rights--including women's rights--in reconciliation and reintegration, the political transition and democratic processes, and the nexus between security and human rights. During the visit, he also traveled to Jalalabad for additional consultations with civil society, religious leaders and human rights and women's rights activists at the provincial level.

Please follow this link for more information on A/S Posner’s travel to Afghanistan: http://www.humanrights.gov/2013/02/06/promoting-human-rights-and-a-sustainable-democracy-in-afghanistan/

While in Pakistan from February 7-9, Assistant Secretary Posner met with members of civil society, including members of the Human Rights Commission and journalists, to discuss human rights and democracy issues, particularly freedom of religion and expression and accountability mechanisms to ensure respect and protection of human rights.

Please follow this link for more information on A/S Posner’s travel to Pakistan: http://www.humanrights.gov/2013/02/12/promoting-human-rights-and-a-sustainable-democracy-in-pakistan/

From February 10-12 in Egypt, he discussed recent developments in the democratic transition process, including human rights issues, with government officials, political party representatives, civil society activists, and interfaith groups.

Please follow this link for more information on A/S Posner’s travel to Egypt: http://www.humanrights.gov/2013/02/12/supporting-civil-society-and-advancing-human-rights-in-egypt/

For further information, please contact Aaron Jensen at JensenAW@state.gov or (202) 647-0516, or visit www.humanrights.gov.



PRN: 2013/0158