Released: the 2013 Human Rights Reports
Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, commonly known as the Human Rights Reports, cover the status of human rights in countries around the world.
Read the reports now: 2013 Human Rights Reports
President Obama Statement on Ukraine
The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law. Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine. In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.
President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine
As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two plus two equals five’ is not without its attractions.”
Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort.
Remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards
Confronting the obstacles you face head on, doing whatever you can to make a difference – that’s the definition of courage. And every one of those courageous women illustrate perfectly why the U.S. is a strong advocate for the rights of women and girls, and why gender equality is front and center in President Obama’s foreign policy. It’s not just because it’s the right thing to do; it’s because when women and girls are safe, able to exercise their universal rights, and empowered to participate fully in decision-making processes, societies benefit.