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Ambassador Power at a Commemoration Ceremony on the 70th Anniversary of the Signing of the UN Charter
Jun 29, 2015 |

The signatures on the UN Charter that June day were making both a plea for peace and a promise; a promise to future generations that nations would work harder to protect them from the scourge of war; to reaffirm basic human rights and dignity; to establish conditions under which treaties and international law could be maintained; and to promote social progress and better standards of living for everyone.

The signatories themselves may not have agreed on everything, but in drafting the UN Charter, they shared this common vision...a universal prayer for peace, for protecting the weak, and for defending the dignity and rights of all peoples.

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Secretary Kerry on Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality
Jun 26, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretaries of State John Kerry

The Court’s decision also sends a clear message to every corner of the globe: no law that rests on a foundation of discrimination can withstand the tide of justice. That’s why I appointed the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, Randy Berry, who is fighting every single day so that people all over the world have the rights they deserve. We will continue that work, proud of the progress we’ve made in our own country and mindful of the challenges that still need to be overcome. ...Read More
Continuing the Tradition of Upholding Freedom
Jun 26, 2015 | Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski

Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General, former Uruguay Foreign Minister Luis Almagro

Mr. Almagro also pledged to be a “diehard defender of rights” and freedoms, which incidentally mirrors the mission of my Bureau at the U.S. Department of State. We work to promote and protect freedom of expression and independent media unfettered by legal or regulatory harassment. A diverse and independent press is critical for holding governments’ accountable, ensuring transparency, and promoting democracy around the world. We support programs that build the capacity of civil society organizations to improve access to justice, promote freedom of association, combat violence against women and children, and promote the right to decent work. ...Read More
Ambassador Power at the White House Champions of Change: World Refugee Day Event
Jun 25, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

I think that these impacts are profound. America is better off and Americans are better off because refugees are living among us, reminding us of the rights and the privileges we have here and playing to our better angels. They advocate on behalf of the causes that while they have left behind those causes physically, those causes are every bit as real to refugees living in this country today as they were when they took flight in the first place. So, I think refugees demonstrate all around the world, wherever they are, the tremendous human capacity for resilience, for endurance, for pressing on, and for dreaming, as you heard here. ...Read More
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On-The-Record-Briefing on the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
Jun 25, 2015 | Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski

ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: All right. Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Hello, everyone. It’s good to be here. Before I answer your questions, let me take a few minutes to talk about the 2014 reports and highlight some of the major developments that we have documented in this past year.

As the Secretary emphasized, the Human Rights Reports demonstrate America’s commitment to human rights, and they’re a tool in their own right in the advancement of ...Read More

Civil and Political Rights in Uzbekistan and Central Asia
Jun 25, 2015 | Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Rob Berschinski

Central Asian governments are particularly anxious about external geopolitical developments, from instability in Afghanistan to pressure from Russia. These uncertainties have led the region’s governments to accelerate efforts to neutralize independent and opposition voices they already deemed threatening to the stability of their regimes.

For this reason, now more than ever, the people of Central Asia feel that the true added value of continued U.S. engagement is that we promote principles that other partners will not: most importantly, that respect for their individual rights and freedoms is an integral corollary to (and component of) our cooperation in other regards.

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