Media Roundtable in Hanoi with Assistant Secretary Malinowski

Media Roundtable in Hanoi with Assistant Secretary Malinowski

I acknowledge some of the progress that Vietnam has made recently including the release of 12 prisoners of conscience. But we do want to see more. There are a number of other cases of people who have been imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their views. People like Le Quoc Quan, Anh Ba Sam, labor activists, bloggers like Ta Phong Tan, and a number of others; and we have given the Vietnamese government a list of all of the people whom we believe to be imprisoned in this category.

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Secretary Kerry On Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Secretary Kerry On Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

I again congratulate the people of Ukraine on Sunday’s elections, a bold and clear choice for democracy, for reform, and for European integration, which is their right to choose. I am concerned, however, at plans for another so-called local election in eastern Ukraine on November 2nd, which Russia has said it will recognize. This would be a clear violation of the commitments made by both Russia and the separatists that it backs in the Minsk agreements. And the U.S....will not recognize so-called separatist elections, unless they happen within the framework of the special status law passed by Ukraine’s parliament...

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Ambassador King at an Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Ambassador King at an Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

We reiterate our position that the DPRK has a choice: it can address its human rights record and abide by its international obligations and commitments – a step that the international community would welcome – or it will face further isolation. The DPRK will be judged by its actions, not its words.

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Explanation of Vote on the Cuba Resolution in the General Assembly Hall

Explanation of Vote on the Cuba Resolution in the General Assembly Hall

Moreover, the Cuban government continues to detain Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for facilitating Internet access for Cuba’s small Jewish community. The United States calls on Cuba to release Mr. Gross immediately, allow unrestricted access to the Internet, and tear down the digital wall of censorship it has erected around the Cuban people.

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Universal Periodic Review – 20th UPR Session

Universal Periodic Review – 20th UPR Session

The United States believes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has the potential to effect real change in countries throughout the world.  The UPR is not just something that occurs in Geneva every four and half years.  It is an ongoing, daily tool to advance human rights.  Our interventions to other countries are crafted with the goal of providing useful, targeted recommendations that, when implemented, will create positive change for society.

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