President Obama at APEC CEO Summit
We’re looking to a future where a worker in any of our countries can afford to provide for his family; where his daughter can go to school and start a business and have a fair shot at success; where fundamental rights are cherished, and protected, and not denied. And that future is one where our success is defined less by armies and less by bureaucrats, and more by entrepreneurs, and innovators, by dreamers and doers, by business leaders who focus as much on the workers they empower as the prosperity that they create.
Assistant Secretary Malinowski Radio Free Chosun Interview
It is the policy of the U.S. government to try our best to encourage respect for human rights in all of the countries of the world. The right of people to speak freely, to think freely, to live and travel and work as they choose, because we believe that respect for those rights makes for a more peaceful world...First of all, we need to try to empower the North Korean people to make their own choices and to control their own future...But in most countries people live a normal life...They won’t be punished for thinking their thoughts and dreaming their dreams...
Fact Sheet: New Initiative to Improve Labor Rights in Burma
Protecting labor rights is at the top of President Obama’s trade agenda and the Administration is working with Burma and the international community to develop new tools to help Burma improve fundamental labor rights and set a strong foundation for sustainable growth and development.
U.S. Opening Statements at Committee Against Torture
Watch the video of excerpts and read the full statements from the U.S. periodic presentation to the Committee Against Torture, a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by States that are party to it.