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    The World Wants What America Makes

    Right now in the Asia Pacific, we have the chance to finalize a trade agreement that is truly unlike any other ever negotiated: an agreement where every participant has to comply with core international labor and environmental standards; where every participant has to refrain from using under-age workers and unsafe workplaces; where every participant has to ensure that nationally owned companies compete fairly with ones that are privately owned; and where every participant has to fight trade-related bribery and corruption, support legitimate digital trade, safeguards – intellectual property safeguards, and guarantees the promises that they make are promises that they have to keep, because they’re enforceable in the agreement.

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    Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, I'm reminded of the privilege and opportunity I have to work hard to protect, preserve and advance the human rights of the global LGBT community. Secretary Kerry said, “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a call to action, a plea to stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities (LGBTI) across the world and reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination against LGBTI persons must end -- and it must end now.”

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  • Ambassador Keith Harper delivering the opening statement for the UPR of the U.S.

    UPR of the United States: Opening Statement

    We believe that every nation benefits from having a mirror held before it. Every nation has challenges, and can reach greater heights by participating seriously in the UPR. This process provides us the vital opportunity to self-assess, to listen to others, and to more effectively address the concerns of individuals in our country.

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Press Release
President Obama on Trade and Enforcement
May 19, 2015 | President Barack Obama

I have made rigorous trade enforcement a central pillar of U.S. trade policy, and we have moved aggressively to protect American workers and to improve labor laws and working conditions with trading partners across the globe...Many of these new tools – such as Super 301, elements of the ENFORCE Act and the Level the Playing Field Act, and constructive tools to address unfair currency practices – would strengthen our ability to both facilitate trade and improve enforcement of the rules. We must also repeal the consumptive demand exception for child and forced labor. ...Read More
Press Release
Concerns About Burma's Health Care for Population Control Bill
May 19, 2015 | Director, Jeff Rathke

We are particularly concerned that the Health Care for Population Control Bill could provide a legal basis for discrimination through coercive, uneven application of birth control policies, and differing standards of care for different communities across the country. The passage of this bill runs counter to the government’s public commitment to provide affordable and equal access to family planning and could place limitations on the reproductive freedom of women and girls and their ability to make informed and voluntary decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. The vagueness of this bill could lead to abuse and discriminatory application. ...Read More
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Joint Press Availability With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se
May 18, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary Kerry, Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun During News Conference

To date, to this moment, particularly with its recent provocations, it is clear that the DPRK has not even come close to meeting that standard. Instead, it continues to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles; it continues to break promises and make threats; and it continues to show flagrant disregard for international law, while denying its own people the protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights. And that is why it is absolutely critical for the global community to continue to shed light on North Korea’s atrocities against its own people. That’s why it’s important for us to ramp up international pressure for North Korea to change its behavior. ...Read More
Universal Periodic Review – 22nd UPR Session
May 15, 2015 | U.S. Department of State

22nd Session of the Universal Periodic Review

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.

Fourteen countries, including Belarus, Maldives, Honduras, Libya, and the United States, will particpate in the 22nd Session.

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