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Expansion of the War Crimes Rewards Program

MS. NULAND: Good afternoon, everybody. We are delighted today to have a special briefing from Stephen Rapp, our Ambassador-at-Large, and head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice. He’ll be... Read More

Promoting Labor Rights for Women Domestic Workers

Barbara Shailor serves as Special Representative for International Labor Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. This year during Women's History Month, the United States is highlighting... Read More

Securing Human Rights Online: Internet Freedom Fellows Program

At the front lines of the fight for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are human rights defenders, who often depend on the internet to communicate with fellow activists and... Read More

Remarks at Luncheon in Honor of Four African Democratic Partners

Good afternoon. It is truly an honor to be here today with all of you. I want to thank Assistant Secretary Carson for hosting this luncheon. As you know, despite... Read More

The Role of Public Diplomacy in Countering Violent Extremism

Thank you, Bill – and thank you to all the students, scholars, and CVE and CT practitioners here today. It’s a pleasure to address you at START, which is doing... Read More

Reviving the Call to Action of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Promotion of fundamental labor rights and safe workplaces is a core U.S. value. Over one hundred years ago, on this day, a fire started at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in... Read More

Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 22nd Session

The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with a diverse range of... Read More

Secretary Kerry on 100 Days since the Disappearance of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone

Today marks the 100th day since the disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, a respected individual known for his work with non-governmental organizations, the government, and the international... Read More

Strengthening the Inter-American System on Human Rights

The United States is pleased to welcome last night's resolution, adopted by consensus, of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly to reaffirm the importance of strengthening the Inter-American... Read More

Taking Global Action to Fight Hate

In an unprecedented move, two women from the U.S. Department of State catalyzed a youth movement that was later adopted by the London 2012 Olympic Games. Farah Pandith, Special Representative... Read More

A Courageous Cuban Blogger

Almost every day, I have the opportunity to meet women who refuse to let restrictive environments hinder their determination to demand the same rights, opportunities, and futures as any person. ... Read More

Remarks by the President at the Hall of Children, Yad Vashem

THE PRESIDENT: “Unto them I will give my house and within my walls a memorial and a name…an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.” President Peres, Prime Minister... Read More

Announcement by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to Halt the Violence

The United States welcomes today’s announcement by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to halt the violence as a positive step toward ending more than three decades of tragic violence in... Read More

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Detained U.S. Citizen Saeed Abedini

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY I am deeply concerned about the fate of U.S citizen Saeed Abedini, who has been detained for nearly six months and was sentenced to eight years... Read More

Remarks Before the Organization of American States Special General Assembly

Mr. Chairman, Secretary General Insulza, thank you for convening this Special General Assembly. In a single generation, our hemisphere transformed from an exception to an example of the worldwide embrace... Read More

Remarks Before the Organization of American States Special General Assembly

Mr. Chairman, Secretary General Insulza, thank you for convening this Special General Assembly. In a single generation, our hemisphere transformed from an exception to an example of the worldwide embrace... Read More

Testimony: Democracy and Human Rights in the Context of the Asia Rebalance

AS PREPARED Chairman Cardin, Ranking Member Rubio, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to testify today with my good friend and colleague, Acting Assistant Secretary... Read More

Testimony: Democracy and Human Rights In the Context of the Asia Rebalance

Chairman Cardin, Ranking Member Rubio, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today with my colleague Dan Baer to testify on the... Read More

U.S. Looks Forward to Enhanced Cooperation on Vital Issue of Combatting Religious Intolerance

Combating Intolerance (Resolution 16/18) AS DELIVERED by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe The United States joins consensus on this important resolution on combating intolerance, discrimination, and violence on the basis of... Read More

Statement on Upcoming Local Elections in Macedonia

AS DELIVERED The United States calls the Permanent Council’s attention to the local elections being held this coming Sunday, March 24, in Macedonia. We were pleased to see that leaders... Read More



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