Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Robert A. Destro will travel to the Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom December 3-12 for bilateral meetings, and to accompany Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial in Bratislava.

On December 3-4 in Bratislava, Assistant Secretary Destro will meet with civil society groups and OSCE officials at the OSCE Ministerial to show U.S. support for human rights, the rule of law, and democratic principles of government, press freedom, and transparent governance.

December 5-6 in Geneva, Assistant Secretary Destro will meet ambassadors from like-minded countries to discuss shared human rights interests.  He will meet interlocutors from the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights as part of U.S. efforts to combat forced labor and increased restrictions on civil society in many nations.

December 6, in Rome, he will meet with partners at the United Nations World Food Programme and members of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

December 8-9 in Brussels, Assistant Secretary Destro will meet for consultations with European Union officials on global human rights issues.

December 10 in Berlin, he will speak at a conference co-hosted by the German and French foreign ministers about “The Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights Nexus.”

He will end his trip in the United Kingdom where on December 11-12 he will meet with British officials about shared respect for human rights and media freedom, and with faith groups.

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