Worker Rights

Joint Statement on the Anniversary of Rana Plaza Building Collapse in Bangladesh


The text of the following statement was released by the Department of State, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of... Read More

U.S. Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision for Prosperity and Security

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government - Cambridge, MA

Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Desai Biswal


Thank you Ambassador Burns for that kind introduction, and let me say that it is a great pleasure to be here in Boston with you today. I had the pleasure... Read More

Improving Respect for Labor Rights in Colombia

(Work in Progress) The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor

Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs, Carol Pier, U.S. Department of Labor


Before sending the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement to Congress, President Obama insisted that Colombia take certain concrete steps to address a number of serious labor concerns. The U.S. and Colombian... Read More

U.S. on Protection and Promotion of the Human Rights of Migrants

Human Rights Council 25th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Dr. Sarah Sewall


Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Mr. President. The United States has long welcomed immigrants. Many Americans have immigrant ancestors in their... Read More

Companies With a Heart: A Valentine’s Story of Corporate Social Responsibility

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

DipNote Blog


  When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of greeting cards emblazoned with hearts, chocolates, and romantic dinners with a date. Chances are, corporate social responsibility would not be... Read More

Remarks on Labor Issues in Bangladesh at Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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

Associate Deputy Undersecretary (Acting) for International Affairs, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Eric R. Biel


Good morning. Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting the Department of Labor to participate in this important hearing concerning labor issues in... Read More

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Labor Remarks on Worker's Rights and Safety in Bangladesh

Office of the United States Trade Representative - Washington, D.C.

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Labor, Lewis Karesh


Good morning. Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Members of the Committee, thank you for another opportunity to testify before this committee concerning labor issues in Bangladesh. Since your last... Read More

Agreement to Protect Belizean Nationals' Rights Under U.S. Labor Laws

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

Office of Public Affairs


U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez signed a consular partnership agreement yesterday with Nestor E. Mendez, Ambassador of Belize to the United States. Under the agreement, the enforcement field... Read More

Ambassador Todd on Finding a Resolution to Cambodia’s Labor Disputes

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, William E. Todd


This post originally appeared as an opinion in The Cambodian Herald on January 26, 2014 Deciding on a proper minimum wage is often a contentious debate, in any country, and... 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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Trade Representative Froman and Bangladesh Ambassador Agree to Initiate Discussions on Worker Rights and Safety

Washington, D.C.

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Akramul Qader


United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Akramul Qader agreed today in Washington to initiate discussions on the actions to be taken to address... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns Presents Human Rights Defender Award to the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization

Deputy Secretary of State, William J. Burns


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U.S. Committed to Working with All Stakeholders to Improve Labor Situation in Bangladesh

The Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises - Geneva, Switzerland

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America delivered by Stephen Townley


Panel Discussion on Managing Human Rights Risk in the Garment Sector Supply Chain AS DELIVERED The United States has been a strong and consistent advocate on the important issue of... Read More

Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session

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

Office of the Spokesperson


Highlights: Read the U.S. Statements from UN HRC23 The 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of U.S. leadership to keep the HRC at the... Read More

U.S. Supports HRC Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus

Human Rights Council 23rd Session - Geneva, Switzerland

U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe


Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 23rd Session AS DELIVERED The United States is pleased to co-sponsor and vote in support of an HRC resolution expressing deep concern at the continuing... Read More


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