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  • Being a School Girl Should Not Be Dangerous Business

    Being a School Girl Should Not Be Dangerous Business

    In far too many places, being a school girl is dangerous business. Girls face the threat of violence on the bus ride to school, the afternoon walk home, or even during a bathroom break -- and that’s if they can attend school at all. Soldiers may close classroom doors to children so schools can be used as hospitals or military bases, or community leaders may permit only boys to attend class.

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  • A Dialogue Between the United States and Russia

    A Dialogue Between the United States and Russia

    This state of affairs is sad for all those who have a deep respect for the accomplishments and potential of the Russian people. The United States shares the aspirations of Russians who hope to see their country as a creative, successful, and a strong world power. If we wanted Russia to be weak, if we wanted it to lose respect and influence on the world stage, we would be happy with Russia’s current policies, for that is what those policies are achieving. A more democratic Russia would not agree with the United States on everything. We recognize that Russia has its own interests and worldview, as do all countries. But a more democratic Russia would be a better home for its citizens and a stronger leader, alongside the United States and other nations seeking to promote global security and prosperity. I hope we can agree on that.

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Detention of Youth Activists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Apr 16, 2015 | Acting Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

The United States remains deeply concerned by the ongoing detention, without formal charges or regular access to legal counsel, of youth activists by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least three youth members of the “Filimbi” movement detained during a peaceful civil society event in the capital Kinshasa have been held since March 15, while at least four members of the “Lucha” organization later detained during a peaceful protest in the ...Read More

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Conviction of Azerbaijani Human Rights Activist Rasul Jafarov
Apr 16, 2015 | Acting Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

We are deeply troubled by the April 16 decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence prominent human rights activist Rasul Jafarov to a six and a half - year prison term on charges widely considered to be politically motivated. A founder and chairman of the Human Rights Club, Jafarov was arrested last August as part of a broad crackdown on human rights activists. His conviction is a further setback to Azerbaijan’s democratic development. We urge ...Read More

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Holocaust Remembrance Day
Apr 16, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

Teresa and I join all Americans today in observing Yom HaShoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day. We bow our heads as we both mourn and honor the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the most painful and horrific chapter in human history.

We lack the power to rewind the clock or to bring back those who were murdered. But we do have the power of remembrance, and we will never cease ...Read More

Ambassador Power to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Apr 15, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

Madame Chairwoman, Ranking Member Lowey, distinguished members of the subcommittee, thank you so much for the invitation to testify today. And thank you for the rigor that you all bring in ensuring that America’s contributions to the United Nations are used to maximum effect in advancing our interests and our values in the world.

As this committee knows, and as both of your opening statements testified to, we are living in a time of daunting ...Read More

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U.S. Concerned by Burkina Faso Electoral Code Changes
Apr 14, 2015 | Acting Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

The United States is concerned by the National Transitional Council’s April 7 passage of certain changes to Burkina Faso’s electoral code that exclude candidates in the upcoming elections who had voiced support for a constitutional revision to amend presidential term limits in late 2014. The changes to the code would seem to be inconsistent with the democratic principles of freedom of expression, freedom of association, and free, fair, and peaceful elections. We urge the transitional ...Read More

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