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Presidential Proclamation for Women's History Month

The White House

President Barack Obama

2013-02-28

For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other... Read More

Ten Years of War in Darfur

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson - Washington, D.C.

Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Patrick Ventrell

2013-02-26

The United States is deeply concerned that, ten years after the outbreak of war in Darfur, the Darfuri people continue to suffer from increased insecurity, human rights abuses, and sexual... Read More

Secretary Kerry at Youth Connect: Berlin

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Berlin, Germany

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-02-26

  MODERATOR: (In progress) – Berlin for a town hall meeting, the first show of Facebook TV here in Germany. This is John Kerry. He is here on stage. That’s... Read More

U.S. Priorities at UN Human Rights Council 22 Opening

Geneva, Switzerland

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, Esther Brimmer

2013-02-26

Mr. President, fellow delegates, distinguished guests, It is an honor for me to once again represent the United States before the UN Human Rights Council, to present our first intervention... Read More

Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action More Relevant Today Than Ever

UN Human Rights Council 22nd Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Paula Schriefer

2013-02-25

Thank you, Mr. President. As the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action underscores, the protection and promotion of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms are, and I quote, “the first... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Political Affairs and Security Winter Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

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

2013-02-25

Thank you, Mme. Chairperson, Honorable Members of the Parliamentary Assembly, and colleagues. Today’s topic, “Building a Joint Security Community,” is timely, as we continue to pursue a coordinated strategic approach... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the Signing of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan E. Rice

2013-02-24

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes today’s signing of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region, a significant step toward promoting... Read More

On Government Transparency and Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe

Deputy Assistant Secretaries of State, Dr. Reuben Brigety and Karen Hanrahan

2013-02-22

The year 2013 has the potential to be a landmark turning point in Zimbabwe’s history. With an up-coming referendum on the constitution, the UN World Tourism Summit, and elections, Zimbabweans... Read More

Measures Ensuring Respect for and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants

United Nations

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard

2013-02-21

Ambassador de Alba, Special Rapporteur Crépeau, Permanent Representatives, friends and colleagues, let me begin by thanking the International Organization for Migration, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and... Read More

Fact Sheet: The Syria Justice & Accountability Center

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

Office of the Spokesperson

2013-02-20

• The Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC) is an independent entity that focuses on: 1) Collection and analysis of documentation related to ongoing violations of human rights and international... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Investing in a Strong Foreign Policy

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-02-20

Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. Good morning. Thank you for an extraordinarily warm welcome, Charlottesville. I am really honored to be here. Senator Tim Kaine, thank... Read More

USAID Remarks at the Syria Humanitarian Forum

Geneva, Switzerland

Nancy Lindborg, USAID Assistant Administrator

2013-02-19

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. I wish to thank the government of Switzerland, the United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of Islamic... Read More

U.S. Announces Additional Funding in Response to Syria Crisis

Office of the Spokesperson

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

2013-02-19

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. Today in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Syria Humanitarian Forum, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict,... Read More

Advancing Human Rights in Cambodia

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

2013-02-19

Click above images to enlarge and scroll through photo album. This is my third trip to Cambodia during my tenure with the State Department. I have come to meet with... Read More

Victoria Nuland on the Two-Year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Iranian Opposition Leaders

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

State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2013-02-15

Two years ago today, the Iranian regime put former presidential candidates and opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and his wife, women’s rights activist Zahra Rahnavard, under house arrest... Read More

Secretary Kerry at Agency for International Development Headquarters

Ronald Reagan Building - Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-02-15

Thank you very much. Thank you. So I just said to Raj, you had to remind me of Red Sox travails. Eighty-six years, well, we got over that. Now, today... Read More

On Internet Freedom at the Closing Plenary of the OSCE Internet 2013 Conference

Vienna, Austria

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

2013-02-15

AS DELIVERED I am pleased to join you in addressing a defining challenge of the 21st century: upholding Internet Freedom. I commend the RFOM for convening this Conference and note... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the EU Statement Concerning the Case of Warren Lee Hill

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

2013-02-14

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As we have consistently noted, international law does not prohibit the death penalty or otherwise require imposition of a moratorium on executions with a... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Response to the Address by Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation H.E. Mr. Victor Tvircun

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

2013-02-14

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes the Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Ambassador Victor Tvircun, to the Permanent Council, and we thank... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Statement on Arrests of Activists in Azerbaijan

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

2013-02-14

Thank You, Mr. Chairman. We have seen reports that two Azerbaijani political activists have been detained and charged in connection with demonstrations on January 23-24 in the town of Ismayilli. ... Read More



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