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    Taking Comfort in Progress, Resolving to Do More

    It is hard to scan the headlines these days and not feel, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, that “the world will break your heart.” There is much to be distressed about today. None of it should be diminished. But I do want to try to offer some perspective, and to argue that the troubles we’re struggling to overcome are to some degree a product of historical progress, a flip side of trends that should give us hope about the future.

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  • Prisons of North Korea - Camp 14 Kaechon

    Prisons of North Korea - Camp 14 Kaechon

    “The guard told the floor manager to cut off my finger, so got on my knees and I begged not to do so but that didn’t work obviously. And, I thought my whole hand was going to cut off, but it was just a finger. So, at that time I was grateful, really grateful to the guard because I was only losing a finger instead of a hand.” – Shin Dong Hyuk

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Press Release
Secretary Kerry on Fifth Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Conviction
Dec 24, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry

We reiterate our call on China to release Liu Xiaobo and to remove all restrictions on Liu Xia. We also urge China to release all individuals detained for peacefully expressing their views, including Ilham Tohti and his students, and Pu Zhiqiang, Gao Zhisheng, Yang Maodong, Gao Yu, and Xu Zhiyong....Read More
Remarks
Ambassador Power at Security Council Session on the Human Rights Situation in North Korea
Dec 22, 2014 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

Ahn Myong Chul, a former guard at Prison Camp 22, spoke of guards routinely raping prisoners. In one case in which a victim became pregnant and gave birth, the former guard reported that prison officials cooked her baby and fed it to their dogs. This sounds unbelievable and unthinkable; yet this is what a former guard told the Commission of Inquiry at a public hearing. His account fits a pattern across witnesses’ testimonies of sadistic punishments meted out to prisoners whose “crime” was being raped by officials....Read More
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Secretary Kerry on Tunisia's Presidential Election
Dec 22, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry

Tunisia has provided a shining example to the region and the world of what can be achieved through dedication to democracy, consensus, and an inclusive political process. I would also like to offer my congratulations to the Independent Election Commission, which successfully managed a very complex and challenging process this year to democratically elect a parliament and president....Read More
Press Release
Secretary Kerry Condemning Cyber-Attack by North Korea
Dec 19, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry

The United States condemns North Korea for the cyber-attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment and the unacceptable threats against movie theatres and moviegoers. These actions are a brazen attempt by an isolated regime to suppress free speech and stifle the creative expression of artists beyond the borders of its own country....Read More
Op-Ed
President Obama's New Cuba Policy Looks Forward, Not Back
Dec 19, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew

The president has made clear that a critical focus of these actions will include continued strong support for improved human-rights conditions and democratic reforms in Cuba. The promotion of democracy supports universal human rights by empowering civil society and supporting the freedom of individuals to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly....Read More
Joint Statement on Peace Talks in Sudan
Joint Statement on Peace Talks in Sudan
U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

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The members of the Troika (the United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States) welcome the ongoing efforts of President Thabo Mbeki and the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to help bring an end to the conflicts in Sudan, and to help initiate a process of genuine national dialogue.

The AUHIP’s “one process, two tracks” mediation presents the best opportunity to secure synchronized Cessations of Hostilities agreements in Darfur and the Two Areas. This would open the way to a fuller discussion of the root causes of Sudan's conflicts, of political and economic reform, and of national identity, through an inclusive and comprehensive National Dialogue.

It is therefore deeply disappointing that the recent peace talks in Addis Ababa ended without agreement. We call on all parties to return to the talks in January 2015 with a mandate to achieve peace. In the absence of progress, the situation in Darfur and the Two Areas continues to deteriorate. Over 430,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Darfur and more than 100,000 in the Two Areas since the start of the year. We call on all parties to the conflict to stop all acts of violence, immediately provide unfettered humanitarian access, and take the steps necessary to advance the peace process.

We are also deeply concerned by the arrest of opposition and civil society members following their recent return to Khartoum. These actions run counter to the aims of a comprehensive and inclusive National Dialogue. We call on the Government of Sudan to immediately release those that have been detained and create a climate conducive to a genuine National Dialogue.

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Press Release
Secretary Kerry on Fifth Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Conviction
Dec 24, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry

We reiterate our call on China to release Liu Xiaobo and to remove all restrictions on Liu Xia. We also urge China to release all individuals detained for peacefully expressing their views, including Ilham Tohti and his students, and Pu Zhiqiang, Gao Zhisheng, Yang Maodong, Gao Yu, and Xu Zhiyong....Read More
Remarks
Ambassador Power at Security Council Session on the Human Rights Situation in North Korea
Dec 22, 2014 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

Ahn Myong Chul, a former guard at Prison Camp 22, spoke of guards routinely raping prisoners. In one case in which a victim became pregnant and gave birth, the former guard reported that prison officials cooked her baby and fed it to their dogs. This sounds unbelievable and unthinkable; yet this is what a former guard told the Commission of Inquiry at a public hearing. His account fits a pattern across witnesses’ testimonies of sadistic punishments meted out to prisoners whose “crime” was being raped by officials....Read More
Article
Secretary Kerry on Tunisia's Presidential Election
Dec 22, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry

Tunisia has provided a shining example to the region and the world of what can be achieved through dedication to democracy, consensus, and an inclusive political process. I would also like to offer my congratulations to the Independent Election Commission, which successfully managed a very complex and challenging process this year to democratically elect a parliament and president....Read More
Press Release
Secretary Kerry Condemning Cyber-Attack by North Korea
Dec 19, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry

The United States condemns North Korea for the cyber-attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment and the unacceptable threats against movie theatres and moviegoers. These actions are a brazen attempt by an isolated regime to suppress free speech and stifle the creative expression of artists beyond the borders of its own country....Read More
Op-Ed
President Obama's New Cuba Policy Looks Forward, Not Back
Dec 19, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew

The president has made clear that a critical focus of these actions will include continued strong support for improved human-rights conditions and democratic reforms in Cuba. The promotion of democracy supports universal human rights by empowering civil society and supporting the freedom of individuals to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly....Read More

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