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  • Tom Malinowski giving remarks at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Assistant Secretary Malinowski at the Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    What is most important to us is the message that the people of Sri Lanka have sent. Twice now this year the people of Sri Lanka -- North, South, East, and West -- have told us that they support change. Twice now they have voted -- North, South, East, and West -- for the rule of law. Against impunity, for reconciliation, for building this country, developing this country for everyone, and against the politics of ethnic and religious division. Against extremism on both sides. They have set an important challenge for their government and for the international community.

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  • Ambassador Power and Subhi Nahas on LGBT in the Middle East

    Ambassador Power at a Stakeout Following a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on ISIL's Targeting of LGBT Individuals

    Yes, it is true that ISIL has made it common practice, it seems, to target LGBT persons, but that is true also around the world very far from where ISIL dominates. You have countries that have criminalized LGBT status; you have societies, of course, that are every bit as unwelcoming as they were 20, 30 years ago, communities in that regard. But today’s meeting is a sign that this issue is getting injected into the mainstream at the United Nations.

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  • Assistant Secretary Malinowski on-the-Record Briefing on the 19th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue

    Assistant Secretary Malinowski on-the-Record Briefing on the 19th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue

    The Human Rights Dialogue is a chance for us to engage directly with the Chinese Government on human rights in an in-depth manner, focusing on specific issues and specific cases. This is not a venue where we simply agree to disagree, rather it is forum where we need to engage frankly and candidly and to chart a way forward on these important issues if and where possible.

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Assistant Secretary Malinowski Statement at Press Availability
Aug 26, 2015 | Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski

Assistant Secretaries Malinowski and Biswal at Press Availability

The message we are hearing from them is that it really doesn’t matter which part of the country they are from, which community they are from. Everybody wants security. Everybody wants rule of law. Everybody wants a country where those who commit crimes are held accountable, where the government is focused on meeting the daily needs of the population, from fighting corruption to creating jobs and opportunity. ...Read More
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Presidential Proclamation: Women’s Equality Day 2015
Aug 26, 2015 | President Barack Obama

Women's equality is a core civil and human rights principle in the United States and around the world. Across America, women are contributing to our economy and our Nation in innovative and exciting ways. From businesses to battlefields, women are vital to the prosperity and security of our country. As we celebrate the last 95 years of progress in advancing women's rights, let us rededicate ourselves to the idea that our Nation is not yet complete: there is still work to do to secure the blessings of our country for every American daughter. ...Read More
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Assistant Secretary Biswal Statement at Press Availability
Aug 26, 2015 | Assistant Secretary of State for South

Assistant Secretary Biswal Statement at Press Availability

Over the last two days, Assistant Secretary Malinowski and I have had very good, very candid conversations with government leaders as well as with civil society and the private sector. And really, I think we’ve been inspired by the commitment that we hear on the vision that Sri Lankans have for their country. I’m not just talking about government and political leadership but really what we hear from across civil society, from business leaders about where they see the country headed. ...Read More
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Ambassador Power at a Stakeout Following a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on ISIL's Targeting of LGBT Individuals
Aug 24, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

Ambassador Power and Subhi Nahas on LGBT in the Middle East

But today’s meeting is a sign that this [LGBTI] issue is getting injected into the mainstream at the United Nations. ...Read More
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Spokesperson Kirby on the Sentencing of Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko
Aug 25, 2015 | State Department Spokesperson, John Kirby

Spokesperson Kirby on the Sentencing of Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko

The United States strongly condemns today’s sentencing in a Russian military court of acclaimed Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 20 and 10 years respectively, on groundless allegations of plotting terrorist attacks and other subversive activities in Russian-occupied Crimea.

This is clear miscarriage of justice. Both Ukrainians were taken hostage on Ukrainian territory, transported to and imprisoned in Russia, and had Russian citizenship imposed on them against their wills. They have reported ...Read More

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