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Statement by Counselor for Public Affairs Midura Commending Macedonia for Decriminalization of Defamation

The United States welcomes the adoption on November 12 of a law decriminalizing defamation in Macedonia. The country’s new civil law regulating insult and defamation removes speech offenses from the... Read More

State Department on Appointment of New Somali Prime Minister

The United States welcomes the confirmation of the new Somali Cabinet by the Somalia Federal Parliament on November 13. This overwhelming endorsement by the federal Parliament is historic and marks... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Republic of Palau's Presidential Elections

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send my warmest congratulations to newly elected President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and to the... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador DiCarlo at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Bosnia and Herzegovina

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to welcome High Representative Inzko back to the Security Council. Thank you Mr. High Representative for your comprehensive briefing and your... Read More

U.S.-U.K. Joint Statement on Sierra Leone Elections

On November 17, Sierra Leone will hold its third consecutive series of presidential and parliamentary elections since the end of its civil war in 2002. Sierra Leone has made considerable... Read More

U.S. Policy Towards the Balkans

AS DELIVERED Thanks, Damon. It really is a pleasure to be here. Thanks also to Fran for inviting me and giving me this opportunity to address what I know will... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Accomplishments During its First Term on the UN Human Rights Council

The United States is pleased and proud of its reelection to the UN Human Rights Council earlier today. Since joining the Council in 2009, the United States has ardently worked... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Rice at the UN General Assembly Stakeout Following the Human Rights Council Elections

AS DELIVERED Ambassador Rice: Good afternoon, everyone. The United States is pleased and proud to have been reelected for a second, three-year term to the UN Human Rights Council. Four... Read More

United States Re-elected for a Second Three-Year Term at UN Human Rights Council

The United States is pleased to have been elected by the United Nations General Assembly to a second term on the Human Rights Council. We thank the countries that voted... Read More

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor to Host Conference for Potential Grant Applicants

On November 19, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor’s (DRL) Office of Global Programs will host a conference for potential grant applicants. This conference will provide information on... Read More

Statement on Elections in the United States

The United States knows that much of the world, including participating States assembled here, have taken a keen interest in our elections this year. As an open democracy, we are... Read More

Response to ODIHR Report on the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Thank you, Ambassador Lenarčič, for your comprehensive report on the 2012 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting.  The United States strongly supports ODIHR, which has earned its place as the key institution... Read More

Statement on ODIHR’s Ability to Fulfill its Programmatic Activities in 2012

The United States is concerned that ODIHR will not be able to fulfill its proposed activities for 2012 – including in election observation – due to resource limitations this year.... Read More

Statement on Expulsion of UN Human Rights Investigator in South Sudan

We are deeply concerned about the Republic of South Sudan’s decision to order a Human Rights Officer working for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to depart the... Read More

Democracy In Focus - Elections

Election Resources and Policy References on HumanRights.gov Observing the U.S. Elections at our Posts Around the World Around the world, from Ashgabat to Zagreb, U.S. embassies and consulates celebrated democracy... Read More

Response to Municipal Elections in Nicaragua

The U.S. government is concerned that the municipal elections conducted Sunday, November 4, in Nicaragua failed to demonstrate a degree of transparency that would assure Nicaraguans and the international community... Read More

Statement on Attack on Congolese Human Rights Activist

The United States calls on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate thoroughly the events of the October 25 attack on Dr. Denis Mukwege, of Panzi... Read More

Secretary Clinton Underscores U.S. Commitment to the Balkans

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently concluded a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, and Albania. The Secretary's visit to the Balkans demonstrated U.S. commitment and support... Read More

Statement by Spokesperson Nuland on Formation of Libyan Government

The United States congratulates the Libyan people on the formation of a government. This is a critical milestone in their democratic transition. We encourage the country’s leaders to build democratic... Read More

State Department on Impeachment of Sri Lankan Chief Justice

Impeachment Proceedings Brought Against Sri Lankan Chief Justice The United States is concerned by actions taken to impeach Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. We also note with concern recent... Read More


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