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Statement From Gov. Bill Richardson on the News of Otto Warmbier’s Passing

Monday, June 19, 2017

New York, NY — Former Congressman, U.N. Ambassador, Energy Secretary, and Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson issued the following statement after the news that Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American released from a North Korean prison last week, passed away this afternoon. “All of us at The Richardson Center for Global Engagement send our thoughts andRead the full article »

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Press Page: Otto Warmbier Release and Health Condition

Thursday, June 15, 2017

6/12/2017 Having worked for a year and a half on the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korean prison, Governor Richardson answers questions from the worldwide community upon his return. Gov. Richardson namely laments the fact that Otto has been in a coma, and disputes the North Korean story for how his health declined. He discussesRead the full article »

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Gov. Richardson Op-Ed: I Carried Out the Death Penalty as a Governor. I Hope Others Put it to Rest

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Washington Post Op-ed: Bill Richardson, June 13 at 6:00 AM Capital punishment is unfair, ineffective and hurts the states that continue the practice. I’ve always viewed it a sign of wisdom to demonstrate the ability to change your mind — that goes double if you’re an elected official. As New Mexico’s governor in 2009, I changedRead the full article »

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Richardson Op-Ed: This Act Will Hold Corrupt Regimes Accountable for Their Crimes

Monday, June 5, 2017

In 2008, attorney Sergei Magnitsky blew the whistle on a massive corruption scheme in his native Russia. He soon found himself detained on retaliatory tax fraud charges. Dispatched to a Soviet-era prison where he was beaten and otherwise abused, eventually he died from lack of medical attention. Two years later, congressional outrage at the whistleblower’sRead the full article »

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Governor Richardson Op-Ed: With cuts to State, private diplomacy more important than ever

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Read Governor Richardson’s Op-Ed below, and find it on THE HILL here GOV. BILL RICHARDSON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 03/09/17 11:40 AM EST At the arrivals area in Dulles airport last Thursday, Ebrima and his two girls, Sarah and Aminata, stood nervously. Almost a year and one really long hour of waiting at the airport later,Read the full article »

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Governor Richardson: North Korea April Update

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

With the continued detention of American citizen, Otto Warmbier, recent arrest of American teacher, Tony Kim, and the banned tests of ballistic missiles, tensions have hit an all-time high between the U.S. and North Korea. Governor Richardson, being an expert in North Korea relations and hostage negotiations, has been contacted on these matters to clarify the escalatedRead the full article »

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POLITICO: Trump’s Prisoner Dilemma

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

POLITICO Trump’s prisoner dilemma By: Nahal Toosi April 24, 2017 (7 pm) President Donald Trump may soon find out whether his chest-thumping “America first” policy can bring some desperate Americans back home. The president is coming under increasing pressure from relatives of Americans imprisoned by foreign governments to secure their release. Some are pushing hisRead the full article »

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Fanta Jawara, Detained In Gambian Prison for Nearly a Year, Returns Home with Help of Richardson Center

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fanta Jawara was met with family, friends, and cameras upon her return from Gambia, after being detained in prison for the better part of a year. Jawara visited family in Gambia last April, and while there, was wrongfully accused of participating in an illegal protest. Though she is a legal American citizen, she was detainedRead the full article »

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Today Show Interview: Governor Richardson Speaks On North Korea and Otto Warmbier

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

      The State Department is asking the North Korean government to immediately release University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who has been detained for a year after stealing a political banner from a hotel. The student was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Governor Richardson speaks out regarding health concerns for theRead the full article »

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Power Grab in Gambia: A U.S. News Op-Ed By Governor Richardson

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Governor Richardson comments on the precarious future of Gambia post-election, and calls on the support of the United States and international allies for the Gambian people in an effort to bring about true and lasting progress. His op-ed can be found here: