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Secretary Kerry on the Anniversary of the Election of His Holiness Pope Francis

Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry

2014-03-13

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend heartfelt congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis on the one-year anniversary of his historic election to... Read More

U.S. Discussion with the Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Religion or Belief and on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism

Human Rights Council 25th Session

U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council

2014-03-11

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Clustered Interactive Dialogue of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Special Rapporteur on... Read More

President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast

The White House

President Barack Obama

2014-02-06

AS DELIVERED THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Please, everyone have a seat. Giving all praise and honor to God, who brought us here this morning. Thank you so much for our... Read More

Holocaust Remembrance: A Special Screening of 'There Was Once'

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

U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman

2014-01-30

The horrors of the Holocaust continue to reverberate some 70 years later. As I reflect on all the lives lost and others irreparably changed, I know the story has to... Read More

Ambassador Power at the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

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

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

2014-01-27

Mr. Under-Secretary-General, President Ashe, Ambassador Prosor, Mr. Spielberg, Excellencies, and guests, I am honored to participate in this annual ceremony of remembrance, which is centered this year on the... Read More

Violence in Northern Rakhine State

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

Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

2014-01-24

We note the recent statements of senior UN officials on the recent violence in northern Rakhine state and share their deep concern about the situation there. We are deeply disturbed... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Disappearance of Ilham Tohti

U.S. Department of State

Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki

2014-01-17

We are deeply concerned by reports that Beijing police have taken into custody prominent economics professor Ilham Tohti on January 15, together with at least six of his students. The... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Religious Freedom Day 2014

The White House

2014-01-16

In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly affirmed an ideal that has long been central to the American journey. The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, penned by Thomas Jefferson, declared religious... Read More

Ambassador Power on Religious Freedom Day 2014

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

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

2014-01-16

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the United States, its promise so essential to the American spirit that it was enshrined in the very first amendment to our constitution.... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2013

The White House

President Barack Obama

2013-12-09

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

U.S. on the Protection and Prevention of Violence Against Religious Minorities

Human Rights Council Sixth Forum on Minority Issues - Geneva, Switzerland

Delegation of the United States of America

2013-11-26

Agenda Item 3: “Protection of the existence of and prevention of violence against religious minorities” Thank you, Madam Chairperson. The United States deplores any act of violence against individuals of... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Religious Freedom Day 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-10-27

Freedom of religion is a core American value, but it is not an American invention. It is the birthright of every individual, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.... Read More

Presidential Proclamation on United Nations Day 2013

President Barack Obama

2013-10-23

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

USOSCE on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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

Director of the Office for International Religious Freedom, Kari Johnstone

2013-09-26

Working Session 6: Freedom of Religion or Belief Thank you, Moderator. Freedom of religion or belief is a universal right that States must uphold and defend. Yet far too many... Read More

The U.S. on the First Anniversary of Pastor Saeed Abedini's Detention in Iran

Abedini Vigil in front of the White House - Washington, D.C.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Jane Zimmerman

2013-09-26

I am here on this first anniversary of Saeed Abedini’s detention in Iran to stand in solidarity with those participating in vigils around the world, from Idaho to Brazil to... Read More

USOSCE on Freedom of Religion or Belief II

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

USCIRF Vice Chair, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett

2013-09-26

Working Session 6: Freedom of Religion or Belief II During the past year, we have witnessed rising religious intolerance—particularly against Muslims and Jews—within the OSCE region. Research indicates that societal... 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

2013-09-25

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

2013-09-25

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

Lifeline: Embattled Civil Society Organizations Assistance Fund

Office of the Spokesperson

U.S. Department of State

2013-09-23

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

Civil Society and Government Explore How Women Faith Leaders Foster Religious Freedom and Peace

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

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook

2013-09-19

On September 18, 2013, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook, convened 80 participants for a roundtable on Women Religious Leaders and Conflict Prevention. The roundtable... Read More



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