Worker Rights

State of Rights - Inclusive Growth: The Role of Civil Society in Labor

U.S. Department of State


Join the conversation LIVE via Twitter using #StateofRights On the occasion of the 2014 World Day for Decent Work, the U.S. Department of State presents “Inclusive Growth: The Role of Civil... Read More

HDIM Session 6 - Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

OSCE HDIM 2014 - Warsaw, Poland

U.S. Delegation to the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2014


Delivered by U.S. Head of Delegation J. Brian Atwood | OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting | Warsaw, September 25, 2014 The United States welcomes Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova, the new Special... Read More

President Obama UNGA Address

New York, N.Y.

President Barack Obama


United Nations General Assembly 69th Session PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder... Read More

Secretary Kerry at Event on Human Rights in the D.P.R.K.

Waldorf-Astoria - New York City, N.Y.

Secretary of State John Kerry


Thank you very much, Ambassador King, and I want to thank Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski for bringing us together today with Danny Russel. And I’m particularly grateful to our fellow... Read More

U.S. Statement on the UPR of Brunei Darussalam

Human Rights Council 27th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, Ambassador Robert King


U.S. Statement at the Adoption of the Working Group Report of the UPR of Brunei Darussalam As Delivered by Ambassador Robert King Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues ... Read More

Ambassador Froman on Labor Enforcement Case Against Guatemala

U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman


“Today, I’m joined by President Trumka of the AFL-CIO, Ranking Member Levin, Representatives Becerra and Price, and Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu to announce that this Administration is once... Read More

Labor Day Message: Honoring Working Men and Women

DipNote blog

Steven Feldstein serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor,


On Monday, September 1st, communities across the United States will come together to honor the contributions of working men and women, across generations, who have built this country up. Standing... Read More

U.S and Myanmar Agree to Develop New Initiative to Promote Labor Rights

Executive Office of the President

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)


Yangon, Myanmar –Today the United States and Myanmar issued the following Joint Statement regarding the development of a new initiative to promote fundamental labor rights and practices in Myanmar. Ambassador... Read More

Catherine Lhamon: Opening Statement, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

U.S. Mission Geneva - Geneva, Switzerland

Assistant Secretary Catherine E. Lhamon


AS DELIVERED: Mr. Chairperson, Members of the Committee, and representatives of civil society: I am Catherine Lhamon and I serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States... Read More

Remarks by President Obama at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama


THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Thank you. Please be seated. Well, good afternoon, everybody. To Mayor Bloomberg, thank you -- not only for the kind introduction, but to Bloomberg... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

Office of the Press Secretary

The White House


“f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free... Read More

President Obama in Town Hall with the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Omni Shoreham Hotel - Washington, D.C.


THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. We're just getting started here. Well, hello,... Read More

Testimony: Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy

Statement Before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Luis CdeBac


Thank you, Representative and Members of the Commission and entirely. Tom Lantos was a leading light in getting the Trafficking Victims Protection Bill passed and it was such an example... Read More

Testimony: Combating Forced Labor and Modern-Day Slavery in East Asia and the Pacific

Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Scot Marciel


Chairman Cardin, Ranking Member Rubio, Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on human trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region. It is a privilege to stand... 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

GSP Action Plan Review Finds More Needs to be Done to Improve Worker Rights and Worker Safety in Bangladesh

Executive Office of the President

Office of the United States Trade Representative


Bangladesh Washington, D.C. – An interagency review led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has concluded that Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more... Read More

Remarks by President Obama at Pride Month Celebration

The White House

President Barack Obama


Fact Sheet: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally - June 2014 update THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. (Applause.) Well, I want to thank Jim and Patrick. First of all,... Read More

Testimony: The Future of U.S.-China Relations

Senate Foreign Relations Committe

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel R. Russel


Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on U.S.-China relations. It is also a great honor to be participating in... Read More

World Day Against Child Labor

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

Secretary of State John Kerry


The International Labor Organization has declared June 12, World Day Against Child Labor. As a father and grandfather, I know there is no feeling like any other than to hold... 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


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