Federal Information and News Dispatch, Inc.
State Department
June 30, 2005

Weekly Review of Developments in Human Rights and Democracy;
President Bush on Victims of Torture Day, Dewey on torture and
refugees, funding for refugees, Patterson on U.N. Human Rights
Council, NGOs on U.N. human rights reform, Azerbaijan, electronic
journals

TEXT: Following are some of the most significant recent U.S.
government policy pronouncements, hearings and reports on human
rights and democracy, as well as some noteworthy materials released
by international organizations and nongovernmental organizations on
these topics:


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UNITED STATES FUNDS PROGRAMS FOR REFUGEES

The State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
releases a fact sheet periodically on U.S. funding provided to
programs for refugees administered by international organizations.

U.S. refugee policy is based on the premise that the care of refugees
and other conflict victims and the pursuit of permanent solutions for
refugee crises are shared international responsibilities.

The most recent fact sheet, released June 13,shows funding actions
completed in May with international and nongovernmental organizations
and includes, for example, funding for U.N. Development Program
activities in Russia's North Caucasus region and funding for the
construction of houses and schools for refugees in Armenia.