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On the Road to an AIDS-Free Generation

2012 was an extraordinary year. As of September 30, 2012, PEPFAR directly supported lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) for nearly 5.1 million people -- a nearly three-fold increase since 2008. PEPFAR also... Read More

Presidential Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten,... Read More

The Fight Against Modern Slavery: Fulfilling the Promise of the Emancipation Proclamation

On New Year's Day, our nation celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. President Obama commemorated the anniversary with two Presidential Proclamations: one that celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation and... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on Asad's Speech in Syria

Bashar al-Asad’s speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people’s goal of a political transition. His initiative... Read More

Fulbright Alum Helps Islamabad Street Kids Find a Better Future

Jennifer McAndrew serves at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Jawaid is a four-year-old trash picker. He wants to be a tree when he grows up. At least, that's what... Read More

Resolving the Plight of Persecuted, Uprooted People Around the World

2012 was a challenging year for humanitarians trying to help displaced people around the world. The following summarizes some of the challenges addressed by the State Department's Bureau of Population,... Read More

Inaugural Caribbean Dialogue on Rule of Law and Gender-Based Violence: A Catalyst for Action

On the heels of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which ran from November 25 through December 10, the United States engaged with regional partners to spur... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Situation in the Central African Republic

We are deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). We call on the rebel alliance to cease hostilities and movements towards the capital. We... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the UN Security Council's DRC Sanctions Committee Designations

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes the decision today by the UN Security Council's Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Sanctions Committee to impose targeted sanctions on two armed groups operating... Read More

Faces of Iran: Citizens Unjustly Imprisoned

Iranian law criminalizes dissent, and the Iranian government has arrested or imprisoned many of its own citizens for their political activities or beliefs, as well as for their religious beliefs.... Read More

Afghan Girls Lead Peer Education

The Internet may be important, but it's not everything. In rural Afghanistan, courageous and talented young women who have never heard of the Internet are using skills today often associated... Read More

Christmas in Kabul

As Christmas approaches, my husband and I are almost halfway through our year-long assignment to Kabul. Serving at an unaccompanied post was not something we had to do, but something... Read More

Geneva International Discussions on Georgia

The United States was pleased to participate in the December 12 round of the Geneva International Discussions. We continue to believe that these talks are an important forum for pursuing... Read More

Two Year Anniversary of the Suppression of Peaceful Protestors in Belarus

Yesterday marked the two year anniversary of the December 2010 presidential election in Belarus. Following that election, which fell significantly short of internationally recognized democratic standards, police violently broke up... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Airstrike Killing Palestinian Refugees in Yarmouk, Syria

AThe United States is deeply concerned by reports that dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed or wounded in Yarmouk, an area of Damascus home to 150,000 Palestinian... Read More

ICTR Convicts Former Rwandan Planning Minister for Genocide

Today, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted Augustin Ngirabatware, a former government minister in Rwanda, of genocide, incitement to commit genocide, and rape as... Read More

A Look Back at 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 2012 has been a tough year for humanitarians trying to help displaced people around the world. In addition to aiding people caught up in protracted refugee... Read More

U.S. Government Leads New Action Plan for Children Facing Adversity

Today at the White House, the U.S. Government released its first-ever Action Plan on Children in Adversity. The Plan is grounded in evidence that shows a promising future belongs to... Read More

USAID's Shah on Children in Adversity Action Plan

AS PREPARED Good afternoon. Thank you, Cokie, for your kind introduction and serving as our moderator this afternoon. Before we begin, I would like to take a moment to reflect... Read More

Statement on the Prevention of Huynh Trong Hieu from Traveling to the United States

We are troubled by the intervention of Vietnamese authorities to prevent Huynh Trong Hieu from traveling to the United States to accept the Hellman Hammett prize from Human Rights Watch... Read More


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