Civil Rights

President Obama Proclamation on Captive Nations Week, 2014

The White House - Washington, D.C.

President Obama


AS DELIVERED: As the grip of the Cold War tightened, America pledged our solidarity to every nation held captive behind the Iron Curtain and every individual who refused to accept... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Statement on Anniversary of Nataliya Estemirova’s Murder

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Spokesperson Jen Psaki


AS DELIVERED: Fifth Anniversary of Human Rights Activist Nataliya Estemirova’s Murder Nataliya Estemirova bravely and tirelessly sought to expose horrible human rights violations in Chechnya. Five years ago on July... Read More

Looking for Inclusive Solutions in South Sudan

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Steven Feldstein


South Sudan marked its third year of independence on July 9, but this year there seemed little for the people of South Sudan to celebrate. I was just in South... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Statement on Cuban Activist Detentions

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Spokesperson Jen Psaki


On Sunday Cuban authorities rounded up and detained over one hundred courageous members of the Damas de Blanco as they sought to peacefully commemorate the loss of life on the... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Mozena on the Occasion of the One-Year Anniversary of the Sustainability Compact in Bangladesh

Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Dan Mozena


In the wake of the horrific Rana Plaza tragedy of April 24, 2013, Bangladesh and the world had no choice but to act to improve workers’ rights, safety, and working... Read More

From the Civil Rights Act to the Disabilities Treaty

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann


Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act – landmark legislation that broadly outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It was the... Read More

Transcript of Assistant Secretary Malinowski Burma Press Conference

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski


AS DELIVERED PRESS BRIEFING 1 MODERATOR: Shibani Mahtani from the Wall Street Journal. We’re here with Assistant Secretary Malinowski, General Crutchfield, and Ambassador Mitchell, and Deputy Assistant Secretary Amy Searight... Read More

USOSCE on Convictions in the Murder of Russian Journalist Anna Politkovskaya

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

Public Affairs Counselor Christopher Midura


The United States welcomes the convictions on June 9 in Moscow’s highest criminal court of five individuals in connection with the 2006 contract murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Ambassador Zarudna, Head of the OSCE Center in Astanta

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Scurity and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Daniel Baer


The United States is pleased to welcome Ambassador Zarudna back to the Permanent Council.  Ambassador, thank you for your informative report.   Your ongoing multi-year projects on human rights education... Read More

Department of Justice Reaches Landmark Agreement to Improve Missoula County Attorney’s Office’s Response to Reports of Sexual Assault

U.S. Department of Justice - Washington, D.C.

Office of Public Affairs


The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with the Missoula County Attorney’s Office, as well as Missoula County, Montana, and the Montana Attorney General’s... Read More

Ambassador Harper Opening Statement of the 26th Human Rights Council

U.S. Mission to the UN - Geneva, Switzerland

U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Keith Harper


Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Good morning.  As you may know, I was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council... Read More

Remarks before the 103rd Session of the International Labor Conference

U.S. Department of Labor- Washington, D.C.

Deputy Undersecretary for Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Carol Pier


AS DELIVERED It is my pleasure to represent the United States Government at the 103rd Session of the International Labor Conference.  On behalf of our Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez,... Read More

Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Azerbaijan

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

Political Counselor Christopher Robinson to the Permanent Council


AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, I would like to congratulate all Azerbaijanis on May 28, 1918: the date that marks the birth of an independent Azerbaijan, the... Read More

Ambassador Power at the White House's Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Dedication

The White House

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Samantha Power


Totally humbled to be among you. I look out at the audience and you are the people who have worked to create so much progress. I’m truly, truly moved to... Read More

President Obama on the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

The White House

President Barack Obama


Tomorrow marks 60 years since the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the first major step in dismantling the “separate but equal” doctrine that... Read More

Highlights of State Department and USAID Efforts to Support Press and Media Freedom

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson


On World Press Freedom Day, the United States pays special honor to the importance of media freedom – a crucial element of freedom of expression – at home and abroad. ... Read More

Justice Department ICCPR Opening Statement

U.S. Department of Justice

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Roy L. Austin, Jr.


As Prepared Thank you, Mary, and thank you to the Chair and members of the Committee. My name is Roy Austin, and I serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General... Read More

Ambassador Baer on European Union Court of Justice Ruling on Same-Sex Partnerships

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Daniel B. Baer


Mr. Chairman, This morning the European Union’s highest court, the EU Court of Justice, set an EU-wide standard holding that in EU countries where gay and lesbian couples cannot marry,... Read More

President Obama at Memorial Service for Former South African President Nelson Mandela

First National Bank Stadium Johannesburg, South Africa

President Barack Obama


PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2013

The White House

President Barack Obama


Six and a half decades ago, delegates from around the world convened to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rejecting the notion that individual aspirations should be subject to... Read More


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