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U.S. Welcomes the Release of Civil Society Activists in Azerbaijan

The United States welcomes the October 17 pardon and release of four civil society activists in Azerbaijan, including Hasan Huseynli. Prior to his conviction in July on questionable hooliganism charges,... Read More

U.S. Remarks at the UN General Assembly Third Committee on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Thank you. Both the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples outcome document and the Secretary-General’s report on the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples recognize the importance of supporting... Read More

United States Deeply Concerned by DRC's Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer

The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government to expel the Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Selection of Final Cabinet Ministers in Iraq

We congratulate the Iraqi people and their elected representatives in the Iraqi parliament on the selection of seven new cabinet ministers today.  These ministers, including new Ministers of Defense, Finance,... Read More

Ambassador Baer at the OSCE: Response to the Reports of the Three Committee Chairs

We welcome to the Permanent Council the three committee chairs and thank them for their hard work since their last report and for outlining their plans for the remainder of... Read More

On the Newly Elected Members of the Security Council

Today, the UN General Assembly elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for 2015-2016. The UN Charter makes clear that candidates... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

The United States remains deeply concerned by the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, which has killed and wounded hundreds of people since the signing of the Minsk Protocol. The ceasefire, which... Read More

General Allen Remarks to the Press on Countering ISIL

GEN. ALLEN: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s good to see you all. Many familiar faces. What I’d like to do today is to discuss my trip of last week, which was... Read More

U.S. on Detention of Human Rights Defender Leyla Yunus

The United States is alarmed that human rights defender Leyla Yunus remains in pre-trial detention in Azerbaijan, without access to necessary medical care, despite her deteriorating health. We are also... Read More

'Two Terms and Done'

In early August, U.S. and African leaders had their first opportunity to discuss security, economic growth, development, and good governance during the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington. Over the course of... Read More

ISIL's Dehumanization of Women and Girls

Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, we again confront the worst of inhumanity in ISIL.... Read More

U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq

The United States strongly condemns the vicious string of suicide, vehicle borne, and other attacks that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has perpetrated in Baghdad and... Read More

U.S. Remarks at the 69th General Assembly, Sixth Committee Session on the Rule of Law

U.S. Remarks at the 69th General Assembly, Sixth Committee (Legal) Session on Agenda Item 82: The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks at a Solo Press Availability

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good evening, everybody. Thanks for your patience. This has been a very productive couple of days, and I’m glad to have an opportunity to be able to... Read More

U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC at the UN General Assembly, Second Committee, on ICTs for Development

U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC, at the UN General Assembly, Second Committee, on Agenda Item 16: ICTs for Development Mr. Chairman, the United States welcomes this opportunity to discuss the... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry After Their Meeting

FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: (via translation) Good evening. I met this morning with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the framework of our recent series of meetings. This meeting follows... Read More

Ambassador Baer on UN Day of the Girl Child

The United States is proud to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. It is a day to recognize the rights of girls and to galvanize... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: General Pulaski Memorial Day 2014

GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION More than 200 years ago, Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski answered the call of our... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Columbus Day 2014

COLUMBUS DAY 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION When Christopher Columbus -- a son of Genoa, Italy -- set sail across the Atlantic, no... Read More

President Obama on Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

On behalf of Michelle, myself and all Americans, I want to congratulate Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Today’s announcement is a victory for all... Read More


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