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Burkina Faso Parliamentary and Local Elections

We congratulate the Burkinabe people on their peaceful participation in Sunday’s parliamentary and local elections. Millions of voters across the country successfully cast their votes for more than 6,000 candidates... Read More

Geneva Forum Marks Real Turning Point in Discussion of Business and Human Rights

Assistant Secretary Posner: Thank you all for being here. This morning the High Commissioner for Human Rights and John Ruggie opened the first human rights and business summit of the... Read More

Ensuring Diamonds Are Truly Conflict Free

U.S. Kimberley Process Chair Ambassador Gillian A. Milovanovic and the rest of the U.S. Kimberley Process (KP) team achieved a significant number of successes during the annual KP Plenary, November... Read More

Statement on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

We are disappointed that the overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans today blocked the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which would enshrine American standards that have been developed... Read More

Remarks at the U.S.-Morocco Business Conference

Good morning! I’m Jose Fernandez, and I’m the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State. It is my great pleasure to be here today and... Read More

Summary of Assistant Secretary Posner’s Remarks at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Excerpts from Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael H. Posner’s remarks at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights I want to say a... Read More

Presidential Proclamation - International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012

Americans have always understood that each of us is entitled to a set of fundamental freedoms and protections under the law, and that when everyone gets a fair shot at... Read More

Fact Sheet: Business and Human Rights

“This administration understands that in the 21st century, governments are not the only major players. Corporations, NGOs, private citizens, and civil society groups shape events and developments across the globe. ... Read More

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Guiding Principles), endorsed by the United Nation (UN) Human Rights Council on June 16, 2011 with strong U.S. government support, are the... Read More

The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (Voluntary Principles) is a multi-stakeholder initiative (MSI) involving governments, companies, and non-governmental organizations that promotes implementation of a set... Read More

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Borisov of Bulgaria

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome Prime Minister Borisov to the White House, and his delegation from Bulgaria. I have to say at the outset that Bulgaria has proven... Read More

Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom to Speak at London Conference

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom, will head the U.S. delegation to a conference on implementing UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, an initiative... Read More

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Reports of Declining Health of Jailed Iranian Human Rights Defender

We are deeply troubled by reports of the rapidly declining health of jailed Iranian human rights defender and 2012 Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh. Iranian officials have denied Sotoudeh, a... Read More

Remarks on Protecting Religious Freedom in Muslim World

Thank you to President Nick Carter, Andover Newton Theological School, First Baptist Church, and to the organizers of the Second National Baptist-Muslim Dialogue. And thank you to all of our... Read More

The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent, and Participatory Internet

On the eve of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), we believe that it is the right time to reaffirm the U.S. government's commitment to the multi-stakeholder model as... Read More

Response to the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

The United States warmly welcomes the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his address. Dr. Ihsanoglu, we appreciate your interest... Read More

Response to the Report of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic

The United States once again welcomes OSCE Special Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic to the Permanent Council and thanks her for her thorough report. Representative Mijatovic, we... Read More

U.S.-ASEAN Symposium on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Sixty-four years ago, against the backdrop of the horrible atrocities committed during World War II, a group of dedicated individuals stood together to lay out a framework for the acknowledgement... Read More

Fact Sheet on the U.S. Government's Work in Haiti: Gender-based Violence

Addressing Challenges Gender-based violence (GBV) is a chronic problem in Haiti. The risk of violence and sexual exploitation against women and girls, exacerbated by political instability and the economic crises,... Read More

Remarks by Secretary Clinton And Georgian Foreign Minister Panjikidze Before Their Meeting

Secretary Clinton: I’m delighted to welcome the new Georgian Foreign Minister here to Washington. This is the 20th anniversary of our diplomatic relations and we are very much looking forward... Read More


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