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    Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations

    Given the critical importance of press freedoms in advancing so many of the goals of this Council, let me make four recommendations in closing as to how we can meet these challenges.

    First, we must condemn the governments and non-State actors that attack journalists, as well as the overly restrictive laws and regulations that undermine their freedom. It is much easier to prevent these spaces from closing than it is to fight to reopen them.

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  • Secretary Kerry speaking at Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington

    The World Wants What America Makes

    Right now in the Asia Pacific, we have the chance to finalize a trade agreement that is truly unlike any other ever negotiated: an agreement where every participant has to comply with core international labor and environmental standards; where every participant has to refrain from using under-age workers and unsafe workplaces; where every participant has to ensure that nationally owned companies compete fairly with ones that are privately owned; and where every participant has to fight trade-related bribery and corruption, support legitimate digital trade, safeguards – intellectual property safeguards, and guarantees the promises that they make are promises that they have to keep, because they’re enforceable in the agreement.

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  • Rainbow Pride Flag flies

    Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, I'm reminded of the privilege and opportunity I have to work hard to protect, preserve and advance the human rights of the global LGBT community. Secretary Kerry said, “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a call to action, a plea to stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities (LGBTI) across the world and reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination against LGBTI persons must end -- and it must end now.”

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  • Ambassador Keith Harper delivering the opening statement for the UPR of the U.S.

    UPR of the United States: Opening Statement

    We believe that every nation benefits from having a mirror held before it. Every nation has challenges, and can reach greater heights by participating seriously in the UPR. This process provides us the vital opportunity to self-assess, to listen to others, and to more effectively address the concerns of individuals in our country.

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Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations
May 27, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

The erosion of press freedoms is often a harbinger of the rolling back of human rights that are critical to healthy democracies. ...Read More
Press Release
Ethiopia's May 24 Parliamentary and Regional Elections
May 27, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

A free and vibrant media, space for civil society organizations to work on democracy and human rights concerns, opposition parties able to operate without impediment, and a diversity of international and domestic election observers are essential components for free and fair elections. The imprisonment and intimidation of journalists, restrictions on NGO activities, interference with peaceful opposition party activities, and government actions to restrict political space in the lead-up to election day are inconsistent with these democratic processes and norms. ...Read More
Press Conference
ISIS and Boko Haram: Emerging Challenges to International Humanitarian Law
May 28, 2015 | Livestream Begins at 12:30 p.m. ET

If you are having trouble viewing this live stream, please visit: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/cil/

This panel will discuss the problems and possibilities posed by the emergence of this ‘new’ breed of particularly violent groups as a ‘mutation’ of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda.

Experts on this panel include: Jamie Williamson, Legal Adviser, Advisory Services on International Humanitarian law, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, ...Read More

Press Release
U.S. Calls for Peaceful Resolution to Crisis in Burundi
May 25, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

We call on the Burundian government to provide the political space needed for a peaceful and credible electoral process, including through respect for the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression. In this regard, we urge the Burundian government to permit the immediate resumption of broadcasts by independent radio stations, end the use of the term “insurgents” to refer to peaceful protesters, and withdraw the proclamation by the Burundian National Security Council prohibiting future demonstrations. ...Read More
Press Release
Russia's "Undesirables" Law
May 23, 2015 | Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

We continue to be concerned about increasing restrictions on independent media, civil society, members of minority groups, and the political opposition. Russians, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution. ...Read More

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