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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

National Security Advisor Rice Remarks - Human Rights: Advancing American Interests and Values

Human Rights First Annual Summit - Washington, D.C.

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice


Good afternoon, everyone.  And thank you so much Elisa for your incredibly kind introduction, but even more I want to thank you for your long career fighting the good fight,... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Security Council Briefing on Yemen

U.S. Mission to the UN - New York, N.Y.

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


Thank you Mr.President. Thank you Special Adviser Benomar for your briefing. As is reflected in our gathering today, the UN, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the international community as a... Read More

Lifeline: Embattled Civil Society Organizations Assistance Fund

Office of the Spokesperson

U.S. Department of State


FACT SHEET There has been an increasing threat to and steady decrease of space for civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world. In response, the United States government, in cooperation... Read More

The United States Congratulates Sri Lankan Elections

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

Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki


The United States congratulates the people of Sri Lanka on their successful elections in three provinces on September 21. These polls were a historic first for the Northern Province since... Read More

Interactive Dialogue with the Human Rights Council's Advisory Committee

Human Rights Council 24th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Kim D’Auria Vazira


Thank you Mister President. The United States welcomes this opportunity to address the role of the Advisory Committee. We recognize that the Advisory Committee has offered constructive advice at times,... Read More

U.S. on the Second Round of Voting in Maldivian Presidential Elections

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

Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf


The first round of the Maldivian presidential elections on September 7 was widely hailed as a success and represented a victory for the democratic process in Maldives. The Commonwealth, United... Read More

U.S. Statement: Presentation of Report by UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria

HRC 24th Session

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe


Thank you, Mr. President. We welcome the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria and thank the commission for its extremely important work. For more than two years,... Read More

Framework for the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons

US Department of State- Washington, D.C.

Office of the Spokesperson


Taking into account the decision of the Syrian Arab Republic to accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention and the commitment of the Syrian authorities to provisionally apply the Convention prior... Read More

Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Post Meeting Press Remarks

Intercontinental Hotel- Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov


SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much for your patience, not just this morning, but over the last couple of days. We’re very appreciative and particularly grateful to Sergey Lavrov,... Read More

Backround Briefing by Senior Officials on Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons

Geneva, Switzerland

Senior State Department Officials


MODERATOR: Hi, everyone. So we have a group of experts here. So this is, of course, on background for attribution to senior State Department officials. They’ll do just a brief... Read More

Secretary Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, and UN Special Envoy Brahimi Joint Statements After Trilat

UN Offices - Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary of State John Kerry; Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; and UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi


SECRETARY KERRY: Let me just say to everybody that we will not – we will each make a very brief statement. We’ll not be taking questions at this time. And... Read More

The March on Washington: 50 Years Later

DipNote Blog – U.S. Department of State

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom


The year was 1963. I was a first grader in New York City and the country was electrified. Buses were being chartered by the hundreds for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Violence in Egypt

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

Secretary of State John Kerry


Sorry to keep you waiting, folks. I’ll make a statement and then Jen Psaki will stay and take questions and brief everybody. The United States strongly condemns today’s violence and... Read More

Fact Sheet on The Disabilities Treaty: Opening the World to Americans with Disabilities

U.S. Department of State


“In four simple words, the treaty says to other countries that don’t respect the rights of disabled people: Be more like us.” - Secretary of State John Kerry, USA Today,... Read More

U.S. Embassy Rangoon Sponsors Religious and Civil Society Leaders for Tolerance and Diversity Exchange

Rangoon, Burma

U.S. Embassy Rangoon


Yangon – On August 8, U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell met with religious and civil society leaders selected to participate in a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange in the... Read More

Secretary Kerry and EU High Representative Ashton on Egypt

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

Secretary of State John Kerry and the European Union's High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton


In the spirit of supporting Egypt’s democratic transition, two senior representatives of the United States and the EU, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Special Representative for the Southern... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Zimbabwe’s Presidential Election

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

Secretary of State John Kerry


Zimbabweans voted in their country’s first national elections this week since the violent and disputed polls in 2008. These elections were an opportunity for Zimbabwe to move forward on a... Read More

Mali First Round Presidential Elections

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

Departmental Spokesperson Jen Psaki


The United States congratulates the people of Mali for their enthusiastic participation in the first round of Presidential elections on July 28. We commend the interim government for holding transparent,... Read More


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