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Visa Restrictions Against Human Rights Abusers in Venezuela

Venezuela in recent months has witnessed large-scale protests by demonstrators concerned about deteriorating economic, social, and political conditions.  Government security forces have responded to these protests in many instances with... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin After Their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Make sure it’s still morning. Good morning, everybody. Thank you for being here with us. It’s my pleasure to be able to welcome Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to... Read More

U.S. Embassy Concerns on Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

July 28, 2014, Colombo: The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

SECRETARY KERRY: Wow. What a great group. Thank you. Please, sit down. Sit down, sit down. Thank you. It is so good to see you all. Welcome. You having fun? ... Read More

Fact Sheet: 2013 International Religious Freedom Report

On July 28, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. The reports, now in their 16th edition, are available on State.gov and... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the Rollout of the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom

Read the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report on state.gov SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. How are you? AUDIENCE: Morning. SECRETARY KERRY: Is everybody good? So I’m going to make –... Read More

Assistant Secretary Malinowski on the Release of the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom

ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: Thanks, everyone. Sorry I’m not the Secretary. (Laughter.) So let me just pick up where the Secretary left off and talk a little bit about the report... Read More

U.S. Embassy Condemns Killing of Civilians in Ghor Province, Afghanistan

We condemn, in the strongest terms, the mass killing of civilians in Ghor province on Friday. The attackers targeted civilians who were traveling to and from Kabul, including women, children,... Read More

President Obama on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr 2014

As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a... Read More

Readout of Secretary Kerry's Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. According to a senior State Department official: "During a phone call this... Read More

Release of the International Religious Freedom Report

“Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith. We are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. Our religious diversity enriches our... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Meriam Ishag and Family

Around the world, supporters of religious freedom celebrate the arrival of Meriam Ishag and her family in Rome. I am grateful to the Government of Italy for its role in... Read More

Fact Sheet: Visit of President Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Hernandez of Honduras, and President Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador

On July 25, the President and Vice President hosted Presidents Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to discuss how... Read More

President Obama after meeting with Central American Presidents

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to thank very much, President Molina, President Hernández and President Sánchez Cerén for being here today. Our nations share extraordinary ties of culture, of family,... Read More

Readout of the Vice President's Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the Ukrainian domestic political situation, access for international investigators to the MH-17 crash site, and Russia’s continued supply... Read More

U.S. Congratulates Iraqis on the Election of the President

The United States congratulates the Iraqi people on the election of their new president, Fuad Masum. By taking this crucial step, the Council of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to... Read More

Central African Republic: Signature of a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement

The United States welcomes the decision by all parties to end the violence in the Central African Republic. On July 23, the parties signed a “Cessation of Hostilities Agreement” to... Read More

Ambassador Power on Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag

On May 15, a Sudanese court sentenced Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag to be hanged to death for not denouncing Christianity. She was held in Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison with her... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Cease-fire Agreement for the Central African Republic

I welcome the announcement of a cease-fire agreement for the Central African Republic between ex-Seleka, anti-Balaka, and other armed groups that was signed July 23 in Brazzaville in the presence... Read More

Testimony: Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy

Thank you, Representative and Members of the Commission and entirely. Tom Lantos was a leading light in getting the Trafficking Victims Protection Bill passed and it was such an example... Read More


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