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Richardson Center Statement on Gambian Elections

Friday, December 2, 2016

RICHARDSON CENTER CONGRATULATES GAMBIA ON HISTORIC ELECTIONS, CALLS FOR RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS, INCLUDING AMERICAN FANTA JAWARA The Richardson Center for Global Engagement congratulates the Gambian people and President-elect Adama Barrow on yesterday’s successful election. This is an historic election for the Gambian people and a significant milestone for Gambian democracy. We call on President Yahya Jammeh to respect theRead the full article »

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Fear in The Gambia Before Elections

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RICHARDSON CENTER CALLS FOR INCREASED INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION ON THE GAMBIA FOLLOWING REPORTS OF IMPENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST POLITICAL PRISONERS The life of Frederick, Maryland mother Fanta Darboe Jawara, who was beaten and wrongfully arrested in April and sentenced to three years in prison on July 20, imperiled New York, NY  – The following is a quote from GovernorRead the full article »

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Richardson Center Working on Release of Joshua Holt: 24-Year-Old Being Held Prisoner in Venezuela Since June

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Framed by Venezuelan officials on ludicrous weapons charges, 24-year-old Joshua Holt has been stuck in a small Venezuelan jail cell since June. In this Washington Post article, his parents describe his dire situation and plead that the U.S. government do more to help. The Richardson Center is doing their part to secure his release, withRead the full article »

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American mom imprisoned in Africa sparks ‘#FreeFanta’ effort

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Two months ago an American mother of two was plucked off the street while hailing a taxi to return home after visiting the bank. She was beaten and subsequently thrown into prison. Under normal circumstances, there would be fierce public outrage and protests demanding her release. But Fanta Jawara was arrested in Gambia, a smallRead the full article »

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Their mom is jailed in West Africa, and they are desperate to bring her home to the U.S.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

“I think this is a case of egregious conduct against a person who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Richardson told me Sunday. “This is an American citizen who has obviously been treated unfairly and maligned.” Read Full Article Here  

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An Evening with Bill Richardson @ University of Texas

Monday, February 15, 2016

Governor Richardson speaks to an audience at the University of Texas on methods for negotiating with rouge nations and leaders. He delves into colorful stories from his experience, and recommendations from his book, How to Sweet-Talk a Shark.  

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Student hostage ‘probably terrified,’ ex-UN envoy Bill Richardson says

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Cincinnati college student now under arrest in North Korea is probably being held in an isolated cell, as that country’s leaders begin to “milk” his detention for attention from high-level U.S. officials. “It’s a familiar pattern that they use,” said Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who helped win the release ofRead the full article »

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Richardson Center Statement on the Release of Amir Hekmati

Sunday, January 17, 2016

On the eve of US economic sanctions being lifted, Iran today released Amir Hekmati and four other prisoners held captive in Tehran, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. Hekmati, a Flint Michigan native and US Marine Corps veteran, was originally in Iraq as a culture and language expert and was arrested inRead the full article »

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Richardson Center Lauds the Pardon of Al Jazeera Journalists

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Former Governor and UN Ambassador, Bill Richardson, today lauded the pardon of Al Jazeera journalists, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed by Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.  Fahmy and Mohammed, were arrested in December 2013 along with their colleague, Australian Peter Greste and sentenced to several years in prison each. The Richardson Center assisted in the temporaryRead the full article »

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Richardson Center Statement on the Release of Peter Greste from Egypt

Sunday, February 1, 2015

SANTA FE – The return of Peter Greste to his family and his country is very welcomed news.  During the months leading up to his release, the Center’s Vice President, Mickey Bergman, had the chance to meet Peter’s parents, Luis and Juris, while visiting Egypt advocating for his release on behalf of Governor Richardson. “TheRead the full article »