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Ensuring Diamonds Are Truly Conflict Free

U.S. Department of State - DipNote Blog

Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Jose W. Fernandez

2012-12-04

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

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

2012-12-04

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

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

Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Jose W. Fernandez

2012-12-04

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

Geneva, Switzerland

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Michael H. Posner

2012-12-04

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

The White House

President Barack Obama

2012-12-03

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

2012-12-03

“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

2012-12-03

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

2012-12-03

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

The White House

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov

2012-12-03

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

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

Office of the Spokesperson

2012-11-30

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

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

State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2012-11-30

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

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

Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rashad Hussain

2012-11-30

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

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

U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Ambassador Philip L. Verveer

2012-11-30

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

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Ian Kelly

2012-11-29

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

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Permanent Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Ian Kelly

2012-11-29

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

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

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Daniel Baer

2012-11-29

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

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

2012-11-29

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

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

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze

2012-11-29

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

Maintaining an Open, Consumer-Driven, and Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Telecommunications

U.S. Department of State - DipNote Blog

Ambassador Terry Kramer

2012-11-29

As never before in human history, we take for granted the ability to communicate across borders, oceans, and continents. Mobile technology and Internet connectivity are woven into the daily life... Read More

Remarks at the Foreign Policy Group's "Transformational Trends 2013" Forum

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

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-11-29

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, David, and I’ll look forward to seeing your Ellen DeGeneres imitation. I’m very pleased to be here, and I want to thank all of... Read More



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