Political Rights

The Courage of Atefa: Afghan Women Learn to be Candidates

United States Agency for International Development - Washington, D.C.

USAID Senior Elections Advisor, Jean-Marc Gorelick


It’s hard to imagine someone more optimistic about her country’s future, more determined to be on the front lines of social change, than Atefa, whose last name is being withheld... Read More

Experts and Practitioners Discuss Global Trends in Civil Society

USAID - Washington, D.C.

Pamela Nwaoko and Kellie Burk, USAID Africa Bureau


USAID relies on local civil society organizations (CSOs) to play important roles in the development and humanitarian efforts that we support worldwide. However, current trends of governments placing restrictions on... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Recent Attacks by Boko Haram

Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry


Unspeakable violence and acts of terror like the ones committed by Boko Haram last week in northern Nigeria are horrific, wrong, and have no place in our world. Last Saturday,... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Elections in Kosovo

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


The United States joins with others in congratulating the people of Kosovo for the completion of the historic elections there over the past month. Throughout the first round on November... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Events in Ukraine

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


The United States calls for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Ukraine and is deeply concerned by events at Kyiv’s Independence Square on December 11. The Ukrainian government’s... 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

Excerpts from Testimony: The Transition in Afghanistan

Remarks Submitted for the Record to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Washington, D.C.

Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James F. Dobbins


Read full transcript on state.gov SECURITY TRANSITION AND PARTNERSHIP The Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), signed by President Obama and President Karzai in May 2012, codified the terms of our... 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

Spokesperson Psaki on Continued Concerns About Elections in Maldives

U.S. Department of State

Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki


The United States Government is deeply concerned by President Waheed's unprecedented decision to remain past the legal mandate of his presidency, which ended on November 10. This action has endangered... Read More

U.S. Statement on Tymoshenko and EU Association Agreement

U.S. Embassy Kyiv - Kyiv, Ukraine

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia


I wanted to take the opportunity before departing Kyiv, after a very productive visit, to set the record straight on some inaccurate press reports that mischaracterized the U.S. government’s position... Read More

Presidential Proclamation on United Nations Day 2013

President Barack Obama


In 1945, after two world wars that showed the horrific lethality of modern conflict, 51 member states came together to create the United Nations, a bold new organization that sought... Read More

UPR 17th Session - Intervention for China

U.S. Department of State - Geneva, Switzerland

Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Uzra Zeya


The United States welcomes the Chinese delegation. We recommend China: End the use of harassment, detention, arrest, and extralegal measures such as enforced disappearance to control and silence human rights... Read More

U.S. on Government Crackdown on Protests in Sudan

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

Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki


The United States condemns the Government of Sudan’s brutal crackdown on protesters in Khartoum, including the excessive use of force against civilians that has reportedly resulted in dozens of casualties.... 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

New Donors Join the Lifeline Fund To Assist Embattled Civil Society Organizations

Dip Note blog

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Uzra Zeya


We know that civil society organizations (CSOs) in every region are all too often harassed, threatened, and attacked by both state and non-state actors because of their work, and so... Read More

USOSCE on Fundamental Freedoms II Including Freedom of Movement, National Human Rights Institutions and the Role of Civil Society in Protecting Human Rights

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) - Warsaw, Poland

Head of U.S. Delegation, Ambassador Robert Bradtke


AS PREPARED Working Session 5: Session 5: Fundamental Freedoms II, Including: Freedom of Movement; National Human Rights Institutions and the Role of Civil Society in the Protection of Human Rights; Human... Read More

Fact Sheet: The Equal Futures Partnership to Expand Women’s Political and Economic Participation

Office of the Press Secretary

The White House


THE PROMISE OF EQUAL FUTURES In response to President Obama’s challenge to other heads of state to break down barriers to women’s political and economic participation, former Secretary of State... 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


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