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  • Deputy Secretary Blinken Address on U.S. Engagement in Central Asia

    An Enduring Vision for Central Asia

    Today, we have three important objectives for our engagement with each of the Central Asian states: strengthening partnerships to advance mutual security; forging closer economic ties; and advancing and advocating for improved governance and human rights.

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  • Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall

    Preventing Mass Atrocities: Progress in Addressing an Enduring Challenge

    President Obama took a bold step in 2012 by elevating concern about mass atrocities as a foreign policy priority. Atrocity prevention, he said, is not just a matter of values but also an issue of national security. The President acknowledged that “It can be tempting to throw up our hands and resign ourselves to man’s endless capacity for cruelty,” but he reminded us that Elie Wiesel and other holocaust survivors chose never to give up. Nor can the United States of America.

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  • Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

    Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

    The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights concerns. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement to the Council during the high-level segment reaffirmed that U.S. leadership has helped to keep the Council at the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human rights. Seventy-eight states also made a groundbreaking commitment to countering violent extremism.

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U.S. Statement at Special Session of the HRC on Boko Haram
Apr 1, 2015 | U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Keith Harper

The U.S. joins in condemning the shocking atrocities being committed in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger by Boko Haram. These atrocities include: killing of civilians, razing of villages, the deliberate targeting of civilians, kidnappings, and unprovoked violence against men, women, and children in their homes, schools, places of worship, and businesses... ...Read More
Press Release
President Obama on the Nigerian Elections
Apr 1, 2015 | The White House

Nigeria’s Independent National Election Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Attahiru Jega, deserve special recognition for what independent international observers have deemed a largely peaceful and orderly vote. I commend INEC for its extensive efforts to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process. ...Read More
Ambassador Power Remarks at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference For Syria
Mar 31, 2015 | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

These individuals are our true partners in Syria. They are the people who most need immediate assistance and upon whose behalf we must press, relentlessly and with immense urgency, to find a political solution – no matter how elusive it may seem at times. They are the people who, in a Syria one day free of the ruthless grip of Asad and the terrorists, will eventually rebuild a nation out of the ruins. And while today they are doing all they can to keep Syria breathing, they cannot do it alone. ...Read More
Press Release
Cuba: Planning Meeting for Human Rights Dialogue
Mar 31, 2015 | Office of the Spokesperson

United States and Cuban diplomatic delegations met today at the State Department to discuss the methodology, topics, and structure of a future human rights dialogue. The atmosphere of the meeting was professional, and there was broad agreement on the way forward for a future substantive dialogue, the timing and location of which will be determined through diplomatic channels. Each side raised concerns about human rights issues, and both sides expressed willingness to discuss a wide range of topics in future substantive talks. ...Read More
U.S. Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Implementation of Note S/2010/507
Mar 30, 2015 | U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Michele Sison

Finally, we welcomed Friday’s Council open debate on protecting ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East, chaired by French Foreign Minister Fabius. Promoting religious freedom is a priority for the United States, and it remains a core value that influences U.S. diplomatic engagement worldwide. In recent days and months, the brutal persecution of religious minorities has shocked us all. Together we condemn the targeting of civilians of any religious affiliation for any kind of violence, and likewise condemn the destruction of religious sites and property. There must be accountability for the individuals responsible for these despicable acts. ...Read More

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