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Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, released the following statement today:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the 32nd anniversary of the signing of your Constitution this May 1
Human rights problems in the Republic of the Marshall Islands during the year included poor prison conditions, government corruption, violence against women, child abuse, and lack of worker protections, according to the U.S. State Department’s review of the Marshall Islands as part of its 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Report released on April 8, 2011.
The United States proudly announces the continuation of the United States/Pacific Islands Vaccine Program, which began in 2007. The program, supported by the Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) based in Hawaii, supplies surplus U.S. military vaccines for influenza to Pacific island nations for public use. Deliveries of excess DOD influenza vaccine to Guam, CNMI, American Samoa, Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands were scheduled to begin Monday, March 28, 2011.
High school student leaders, grades 9-11, are encouraged to apply for one of four full scholarships being offered by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to attend a Junior Statesmen Summer School session in the States. The scholarships cover all tuition costs and round trip transportation to the Summer School of the students’ choice.
This is the second year that DOI scholarships have been available to students in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
President Obama has proposed a budget of $474.4 million for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) in fiscal year 2012. The current appropriations request includes $59.5 million in discretionary funding, $27.7 million in mandatory funding and a $10.1 million transfer from the Department of Defense for vehicles and supplies for the transportation of civilian students on Guam. In addition, $377.1 million in permanent and indefinite appropriations is estimated for 2012 for fiscal payments mandated by law to U.S. territories and Freely Associated States. The President’s budget reflects many difficult budget choices, cutting worthy programs in order to fund the highest priority requirements, and advancing efforts to shrink Federal spending while being mindful of ongoing commitments.
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation last month to provide health data to better serve Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, including those in the Insular areas. The bill, S. 71, introduced on January 25, 2011 as "The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Health Data Act of 2011', seeks to develop and implement an ongoing and sustainable national strategy for identifying and evaluating the health needs of NHOPI populations living in the continental United States, Hawai`i, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Millions of American men and women have taken an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America." This is the promise that all members of the United States military make when they enlist or are commissioned. Many here on Kwajalein (in the Republic of the Marshall Islands) have taken this oath at some point in their lives and some are still serving today. However, there are also Marshallese citizens who take this same oath to the U.S. Constitution.
Recently, this took place as six young men and women took the oath of enlistment into the U.S. Army. A ceremony was held the morning of Jan. 27 at the community building on Ebeye.
Twenty mariners have been rescued 90 miles northwest of Majuro, Republic of the Martial Islands, Friday after their vessel sank and an emergency distress signal was transmitted to the Coast Guard, setting off a multinational search for the crew. At approximately 6:44 a.m. Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a distress signal from a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. Less than one hour later JRCC received a second emergency beacon transmission from the same area. Neither distress signal verified the source. An aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point launched an HC-130 Hercules aircraft at 11 a.m. to search for the source of the distress signals.
The constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion. The government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the government during the reporting period. There were no reports of significant societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.
U.S. Congressional Reference Legislation Introduced for Review of Marshall Islands Nuke Legacy Claims
House Resolution 1744 refers bill H. R. 6470 to the chief judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims calling a review and report to the House of Representatives regarding respective land claims of the peoples of Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap, and Utrik, and to uncompensated radiation-related personal injury claims in any way related to the 67 United States atmospheric nuclear weapons testing program conducted in the Marshall Islands between June 30, 1946, and August 18, 1958.
The Coast Guard suspended search and rescue operations at 8:15 a.m. Friday, for the missing mariners who left Arno Atoll about 3 p.m. Nov. 25, but failed to arrive at Majuro.
Ambassador Martha Campbell, Embassy of the United States of America, to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, announces "THE AMBASSADORS FUND FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION-PROJECT GRANT."
The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) is an annual competition which supports projects in the following categories:
1. Objects and collections of objects from museum, site, archive, or similar institution;
2. Cultural Sites
3. Forms of traditional cultural expression
Mr. Todd McMullen, a Veterans Service Representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Guam Benefits Office, will be visiting Majuro August 10 and 11.
The purpose of his visit is to meet with veterans of the U. S. military and to provide them with information about VA benefits and programs they may be entitled to and how to receive them. Mr. McMullen will be available for both group and individual counseling sessions as necessary, according to the U.S. Embassy in Majuro.
The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, Rep. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, convened last week a hearing and briefing, “Oversight on the Compact of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI): Medical Treatment of the Marshallese People, U.S. Nuclear Tests, Nuclear Claims Tribunal, Forced Resettlement, Use of Kwajalein Atoll for Missile Programs and Land Use Development.” The comprehensive hearing included witnesses from the Departments of State, Interior, Defense and Energy, the key agencies involved in U.S. relations with the Marshall Islands. In addition, it included a panel of private sector witnesses and a delegation from the Republic of the Marshall Islands led by Foreign Minister John Silk, Minster of Health Amenta Matthew, Minister of Transportation Kenneth Kedi, Minister of Finance Jack Ading, Senator Tomaki Juda and Senator Tony de Brum. Other Members of Congress participating in the hearing on May 21 included Rep. Gary Ackerman, Rep. Jeff Flake and Rep. Dana Rorabacher.
Opening Statement Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, I am honored to appear before you today as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
The United States and the Marshall Islands have a close and special relationship dating back to shortly after the end of the Second World War, when the Marshall Islands became part of the U.N. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under the administration of the United States. In 1986, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) gained full independence and entered into a Compact of Free Association with the United States. The Compact, which was amended in 2003, provides the framework for much of our bilateral relations, and its provisions ensure the security of the Marshall Islands and contribute to the security of the United States.
Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, thank you for the opportunity today to discuss S. 2941, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Supplemental Nuclear Compensation Act.
The four principal sections of S. 2941 deal with several issues arising from the nuclear weapons testing program that the United States conducted in the northern islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands from June 1946 until August 1958.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Republic of the Marshall Islands President Iroij Jurelang Zedkaia in the Treaty Room at the Department of State, on May 14, 2010.
At the bilateral meeting, Secretary Clinton praised unity displayed by Pacific Islands during the recent Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Welcome ministers and senators, traditional leaders, education and health officials, members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished visitors, ladies and gentlemen.
Thanks especially to the leadership, faculty and students of the College of the Marshall for inviting me to join in this discussion at the Leto-Letak Melele Forum on Compact Funding and the year 2023.
The U.S. Embassy Majuro and The Junior Statesmen Foundation proudly announce the winners of four full scholarships to the 2010 Junior Statesmen Summer School. The scholarships, funded by the Interior Department, cover all tuition costs and round trip transportation to the Summer School.
Tony Dujmovic, a junior at Marshall Islands High School, Ida Najera, a sophomore at Ebeye Seventh Day Adventist School, Julie Ann Ritok, a freshman at Majuro Cooperative High School, and Marvin Selvenious, a junior at Marshall Islands High School are the 2010 winners of these prestigious scholarship awards.
For the past nineteen years, the U.S. Department of Interior has offered full tuition and transportation scholarships to the Junior Statesmen Summer School to outstanding high school students in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the CNMI, Guam, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and American Samoa; four scholarships per insular area. This is the first year that scholarships have been available to students in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Karen Prosser, a Junior Statesmen Foundation representative, will be in Majuro from Saturday, February 20, to Friday, February 26, to recruit outstanding students for the summer school and DOI scholarships.
Todd McMullen, a Veterans Service Representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will visit Majuro, March 2-3, 2010. Mr. McMullen will help U.S. military veterans understand the wide range of VA benefits and programs that are available and information on how to apply for them.
Mr. McMullen will be available for both group and individual counseling sessions about the following services:
Tony Babauta, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, signed yesterday a $1,456,932 grant that will be used to combat an outbreak of multiple drug resistant tuberculosis in the Marshall Islands.