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Secretary Kerry at the Dedication of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Memorial Wall

Bill, thank you very much. Good morning, everybody, distinguished guests all, and particularly the members of the Bynum family and extended clan. We’re delighted to be able to honor you... Read More

The Strength of American Leadership, the Power of Collective Action

National Security Advisor Rice Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference As Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much Richard for that kind welcome. And,... Read More

World Day Against Child Labor

The International Labor Organization has declared June 12, World Day Against Child Labor. As a father and grandfather, I know there is no feeling like any other than to hold... Read More

Detentions of Activists in Cuba

We have seen reports of the latest arbitrary detentions by Cuban authorities of dozens of civil society members and activists, including prominent pro-democracy activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, also known... Read More

USOSCE on Kosovo Assembly Elections

The United States joins with others in congratulating the people of Kosovo for the successful elections for the Kosovo Assembly held this past Sunday.  We note the encouraging initial report... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Ambassador Zarudna, Head of the OSCE Center in Astanta

The United States is pleased to welcome Ambassador Zarudna back to the Permanent Council.  Ambassador, thank you for your informative report.   Your ongoing multi-year projects on human rights education... Read More

Ambassador Baer's Response to Ambassador Jarbussynova, OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Jarbussynova back to the Permanent Council.  Ambassador, at the outset, allow me to thank you and your devoted team for your dedication and commitment... Read More

Statement on ISIL Attck on Turkish Consulate in Mosul

The United States strongly condemns the attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq. We join Turkey and the international community... Read More

USOSCE on Secretary General's Meeting with Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council We look forward to hearing more about the Secretary General’s meetings in Kharkiv with the Special Monitoring... Read More

Ambassador Harper on Violence Against Women, Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences The United States thanks Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo... Read More

Ambassador Harper at the Power of Empowered Women Event

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council First let me start by congratulating this panel. I can see the energy in this room and it... Read More

Ending Child Labor

Global social movements have proven we can end child labor. An ambitious social movement to eradicate child labor globally came together two decades ago – and has enjoyed unprecedented success.... Read More

U.S. Condemns Sudanese Conviction and Continued Imprisonment of Meriam Ishag

The United States remains deeply concerned about the conviction and continued imprisonment of Ms. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag. Sudan’s journey has long been a struggle, and back when I was... Read More

U.S.-Azerbaijan Relations: The Democracy and Human Rights Dimension

AS PREPARED Mr. Chairman, Members of the Commission, thank you for inviting me to speak to you today about the democracy and human rights dimension of U.S.-Azerbaijan relations in advance... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Election of Sam Kutesa as President of the United Nations General Assembly

It is fitting that it is Africa’s turn to nominate a President for the upcoming 69th General Assembly session in a year in which the Assembly will make important decisions... Read More

Readout of the Vice President's Calls with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

The Vice President spoke both yesterday and again today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko regarding the security situation in eastern Ukraine, where militants coming from Russian territory have taken control... Read More

Empowering Women, Ending Violence

  The horrific abduction of more than 200 innocent Nigerian schoolgirls has, rightly, shocked the conscience of the world. It also serves as a harsh reminder of the violence women... Read More

U.S. Statement on Health and Human Rights and Business

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Health and Human Rights and Business Delivered by Natalya Scimeca Special Rapporteur on the... Read More

Joint Statement on National Dialogue in Sudan

Following is the text of a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague. Begin text: The... Read More

Department of Justice Reaches Landmark Agreement to Improve Missoula County Attorney’s Office’s Response to Reports of Sexual Assault

The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with the Missoula County Attorney’s Office, as well as Missoula County, Montana, and the Montana Attorney General’s... Read More



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