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Closing Statement for the OSCE Ministerial Council in Dublin

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank you and your team for your tireless work to advance fundamental freedoms, strengthen... Read More

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Working Together To End a Global Scourge

On November 25, the world observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We are now in the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence," which links... Read More

Secretary Clinton at the OSCE Ministerial Council

AS DELIVERED Thank you very much and thanks to Foreign Minister Gilmore and the Republic of Ireland for hosting us today. We applaud your work as chair in office of... Read More

Civil Society, Democracy, and America’s Commitment to Asia and the Pacific

AS PREPARED Our work to rebalance U.S. diplomacy in Asia goes beyond economic and security considerations. We are also committed to standing up for America's values. In mid-November, I was... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks "Frontline and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality"

AS DELIVERED Thank you. Thank you. Good afternoon. It is wonderful to be here at DCU and back in Dublin. I want to thank you, President MacCraith, for that kind... Read More

Secretary Clinton Video Remarks for Human Rights Summit

I am delighted to join Human Rights First in welcoming human rights defenders from around the world. I am touched that you have chosen to honor Ambassador Chris Stevens with... Read More

President Obama's Phone Call with Egyptian President Morsi

President Obama called President Morsi today to express his deep concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters in Egypt. The President emphasized that all political leaders in Egypt should... Read More

Secrtary Clinton at the Intervention at the OSCE Ministerial Council First Plenary Session

Thank you very much and thanks to Foreign Minister Gilmore and the Republic of Ireland for hosting us today. We applaud your work as chair in office of the OSCE,... Read More

Secretary Clinton at NATO Headquarters

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. Well, today marks my final attendance at a NATO foreign ministerial. I’ve spent a good amount of time in this building during the past four... Read More

Human Rights Day 2012

The Presidental Proclamation - Human Rights Day 2012 International Human Rights Day is a celebration of our daily commitment to advance freedom and human rights. Sixty-four years ago, on December... Read More

Statement by the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero

The United States is deeply concerned and saddened by the continuing violence in Tibetan areas of China and the increasing frequency of self-immolations by Tibetans. Chinese authorities have responded to... Read More

The Obama Administration and Human Rights

Thank you, Elisa. And thanks to all of you. This is a ridiculously serious group. Thank you for everything you do, every single day to try to improve the lives... Read More

Burkina Faso Parliamentary and Local Elections

We congratulate the Burkinabe people on their peaceful participation in Sunday’s parliamentary and local elections. Millions of voters across the country successfully cast their votes for more than 6,000 candidates... Read More

Geneva Forum Marks Real Turning Point in Discussion of Business and Human Rights

Assistant Secretary Posner: Thank you all for being here. This morning the High Commissioner for Human Rights and John Ruggie opened the first human rights and business summit of the... Read More

Ensuring Diamonds Are Truly Conflict Free

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

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

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

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

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

“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


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