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    Secretary Kerry at the Journalists Security Conference

    How do we better protect journalists and other media workers who provide these windows on reality? And our particular focus is on local reporters and freelancers who lack the broad access to training and also lack, frankly, support from the largest news organizations that have a little more clout and a little more power and ability to be able to protect their people.

    Why does this issue matter? Well, there are a bunch of reasons, but let me begin pretty starkly with a few: al-Moataz Bellah Ibrahim, Deniz Firat, James Foley, Gregorio Jimenez de la Cruz, Camille Lepage, Ali Mustafa, Andrea Rocchelli, Luke Somers, Steven Sotloff, and Bernard Verlhac.

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  • Combating Modern Slavery: The '3P' Paradigm of Prevention, Victim Protection And Prosecution

    Combating Modern Slavery: The '3P' Paradigm of Prevention, Victim Protection And Prosecution

    Today, millions of men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking. Modern slavery can take many forms. Children are made to be soldiers, young women and teens are beaten and forced into prostitution, and migrants are exploited and compelled to work for little or no pay. Human trafficking is a crime that tears at our social fabric and debases our common humanity.

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Secretary Kerry at the World Economic Forum
Jan 23, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims – the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer. ...Read More
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President Obama on the UN General Assembly Meeting on the Rise of Anti-Semitism
Jan 22, 2015 | President Barack Obama

Anti-Semitic attacks like the recent terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris pose a threat that extends beyond the Jewish community. They also threaten the values we hold dear -- pluralism, diversity, and the freedoms of religion and expression. Moreover, when the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Jews are repressed, the rights and freedoms of other minorities and other sectors are often not far behind. ...Read More
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Ambassador Power at a General Assembly Meeting on Anti-Semitism
Jan 22, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

Attacks on any religious or ethnic group are attacks on us all. Attacks on Jews are attacks on us all. And we must not only stand up together against these acts of violence, but also against the hatred, intolerance, and prejudice that helps lead to such acts. If we fail to expand dramatically the ranks of those fighting anti-Semitism, not only will we fail in our obligations to the Jewish people, but we will see the weakening in our own societies of the rights and bonds that tie us all together. ...Read More
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Protecting Journalists, Protecting Democracy
Jan 21, 2015 | Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Douglas Frantz

The truth is that freedom of the press -- whether symbolized by a pencil, a pen, a camera, or a microphone -- is under siege, purposefully. ...Read More
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Ambassador Power at a Special Event to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Jan 21, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

Whether it was the Polish countryside in 1944, Sarajevo in 1992, Kigali in 1994, or the Central African Republic in 2014, it was individuals who stopped atrocities. The lives Captain Mbaye and Father Bernard saved give us reason to hope. They are a reminder of how little we need to stop atrocities if we can muster the will to live up to our principles. Captain Mbaye and Father Bernard encourage us to ask more of ourselves – to risk more when people like them are risking everything. Because if two men can save thousands of lives, just imagine what we could do with a fraction of their determination and courage. ...Read More

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