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    Seizing the Post-ISIL Opportunity for Democracy and Inclusion

    This is a time when people are threatened, so it's a time for patriotism. It's a time for coming together, it's not necessarily a time for open and critical debate about what the government is doing. But I would ask you to consider that this is perhaps particularly the time when one needs those institutions of openness and democracy and tolerance of different opinions to be strong.

    We don't need limits on free expression to fight Daeesh; that should be clear. On the contrary, in every part of the world, in every part of Iraq, it is precisely civil society, it is people who challenge authority and dogmatic ways of thinking, people who work together across lines of religion and party and ethnicity to solve problems, who are in the best defense against extremism.

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Special Representative for International Labor Affairs
Feb 23, 2015 | State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki

Ms. Fox will lead the Department’s effort to promote workers’ rights and improve economic security and working conditions for workers abroad; liaise with the global labor movement, U.S. and multinational companies, and other stakeholders on these issues; and support and strengthen the labor diplomacy function at our embassies worldwide. She will play a critical role in ensuring American foreign policy and programs advance internationally recognized labor rights and improved living standards across the globe. ...Read More
Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons
Feb 23, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

I could not be more proud to announce Randy Berry as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons...Too often, in too many countries, LGBT persons are threatened, jailed, and prosecuted because of who they are or who they love. Too many governments have proposed or enacted laws that aim to curb freedom of expression, association, religion, and peaceful protest. More than 75 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex activity. ...Read More
Secretary Kerry at Swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom David Saperstein
Feb 20, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

Religious liberty implies an attitude towards others which extends beyond mere tolerance. Bob Seiple, who was the ambassador-at-large in the Clinton Administration and who is here, said that if we understand our own faiths deeply enough, we will feel called to learn enough about the faiths of others not simply to tolerate them but also to respect them and their beliefs. And respect, in turn, demands legal equality. It demands that the practitioners of a majority faith cannot force others to be like them or to be treated as second-class citizens. ...Read More
Secretary Kerry Outlining an Action Agenda to Counter Violent Extremism
Feb 19, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

So our goal today is to build on the discussions of the last two days by looking at ways both to address the most alarming threats that we face, but also to get practical, to strengthen the role of civil society – in particular women, youth, and victims – and to ensure that civil society has the space to be able to operate. We need to identify and amplify credible voices, expanding religious and other education that promotes tolerance and peace and respect for all religions; we need to address the social, economic, and political marginalization that is part of this challenge. ...Read More
President Obama at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
Feb 19, 2015 | President Barack Obama

"...the world has to also remember the Paris police officer, a Muslim, who died trying to stop them. The world knows about the attack on the Jews at the kosher supermarket in Paris; we need to recall the worker at that market, a Muslim, who hid Jewish customers and saved their lives. And when he was asked why he did it, he said, “We are brothers. It's not a question of Jews or Christians or Muslims. We're all in the same boat, and we have to help each other to get out of this crisis.” ...Read More

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