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Assistant Secretary Nuland Remarks at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Assistant Secretary Nuland: Thank you Rector Huberski, thank you students. I am so sorry to be late, I am so sorry to keep you waiting. I am so delighted to... Read More

OSCE Ambassadors Show Support for Ukraine on Visit to Kyiv and Odesa

U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer is joining 34 other ambassadors to the OSCE on a visit that has brought the majority of the OSCE's Permanent Council to... Read More

White House Press Secretary on the Canadian Decision to Authorize Military Force Against ISIL

The United States welcomes the Canadian government’s deployment of fighter and refueling aircraft, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to participate in the campaign to degrade and destroy... Read More

U.S. on Eight-Year Anniversary of the Murder of Anna Politkovskaya

Eight years ago, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed in her apartment building. The conviction in June of five people involved in the crime was a welcome step,... Read More

U.S. Delegation Statement to the Seventy-Seventh Session of the Executive Council

Mr. Chairman, We meet under the shadow of the first confirmed use of chemical weapons by a State Party to the Convention, the Syrian Arab Republic. Our first test in... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on the Huang Case

The U.S. Government continues to closely follow the legal proceedings in Qatar of American citizens Matthew and Grace Huang, whose appeals hearing is set for October 20. Mr. and Mrs.... Read More

US, EU Decry Backsliding on Human Rights, Crackdown on Activists in Russia, Azerbaijan

Russia once again found itself isolated at Europe's largest human rights conference, when diplomats and activists gathered in Warsaw for the OSCE's annual human rights meeting. At the closing session... Read More

U.S. Opening Statement at the Seventh Conference of the Parties, UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime

Mr. Chair, on behalf of the United States, please accept my congratulations on your election as chair of the Conference of the Parties for the Convention against Transnational Organized... Read More

'The Most Important Title is Citizen'

This week, international civil society leaders from the Standing with Civil Society International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) return home following two weeks of citizen diplomacy meetings and discussions in Washington,... Read More

Briefing on the Child Soldier Prevention Act

See the video   THE WASHINGTON FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C. MODERATOR: I formally welcome you to the Washington Foreign Press Center. Today we’re very pleased to have with us... Read More

Department of Justice Charges Six Defendants in Connection with Violent Sex Trafficking Scheme

The Department of Justice announced today a second superseding indictment in a sex trafficking conspiracy charging six individuals for offenses related to their involvement in sex trafficking adult victims in... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Legislation under Consideration by the Government of South Sudan

The United States government urges the Government of South Sudan to engage in an inclusive consultation process on draft legislation aimed at regulating Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operations and the National... Read More

HDIM Closing Reinforced Plenary

As Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Head of Delegation J. Brian Atwood The United States for several years has used this agenda item to follow up on the recommendations made... Read More

White House on the Death of an ICRC Staff member in Ukraine

The United States condemns the killing of Laurent DuPasquier, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff member, caused by shelling yesterday near the organization’s premises in Donetsk, Ukraine.... Read More

White House Press Secretary on Australian, Danish, and Turkish Decisions to Authorize Military Force Against ISIL

The United States welcomes the Australian government’s deployment of fighter aircraft to participate in airstrikes on ISIL in Iraq as well as its intention to deploy Special Forces to Iraq... Read More

President Obama on the Death of Alan Henning

The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of United Kingdom citizen Alan Henning by the terrorist group ISIL. Mr. Henning worked to help improve the lives of the Syrian... Read More

President Obama on Hajj and Eid al-Adha

Michelle and I would like to extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha, and to congratulate those performing... Read More

HDIM Session 13 - Tolerance and Non-Discrimination

As Prepared for Delivery by Ira Forman, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the United States’ first... Read More

HDIM Session 14 - Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion, or Belief

As prepared for delivery by Kari Johnstone, Director, Office of International Religious Freedom History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people -- including the freedom of... Read More

HDIM Session 15 - Freedom of Movement; Human Rights Education

As Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Head of Delegation J. Brian Atwood Moderator, twenty-five years ago, the participating States witnessed something remarkable and previously unthinkable. In the summer of 1989,... Read More


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