The Political Section is responsible for pursuing the US mission's strategic goals of protecting American citizens, furthering democracy and human rights, and promoting improved health in Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe.
A primary duty of the Section is to provide regular reports to the State Department on political events, human rights, trafficking in persons, and a variety of other issues. The Section also reports regularly to the Department on current events.
The Embassy website provides the human rights reports for Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe in English, French and Portuguese as well as the International Religious Freedom reports for Gabon and the IRFR for Sao Tome and Principe. The Department of State website provides other reports on human rights and democracy, including "Supporting Human Rights and Democracy, the US Record." The Embassy website also provides more information on trafficking in persons.
Small programs to promote cultural preservation, democracy and transparency, human rights, and self reliance is also managed by the Political Section. Additionally, the Embassy works with international partners to provide assistance to refugees and the fight against child trafficking.
For other US Government-funded aid projects, see the Bilateral Assistance page.