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Secretary Kerry on U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran

The Unites States respectfully calls on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Jason Rezaian to their families and work cooperatively with... Read More

Op-Ed: To Defeat Terror, We Need the World's Help

This opinion piece originally appeared in The New York Times. In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

The citizens of Ukraine celebrated the 23rd anniversary of their independence on August 24. They did so as the Russian Federation’s ongoing violations of OSCE principles and commitments, and its... Read More

U.S and Myanmar Agree to Develop New Initiative to Promote Labor Rights

Yangon, Myanmar –Today the United States and Myanmar issued the following Joint Statement regarding the development of a new initiative to promote fundamental labor rights and practices in Myanmar. Ambassador... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Session on Ukraine

Mr. President, representatives on this Council, this is our 24th session to try to rein in Russia’s aggressive acts in Ukraine. Every single one of those sessions has sent a... Read More

The Internet Belongs to Everyone

Next week, I will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to lead the U.S. delegation to the 9th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  This year, more than 3,000 participants from all continents... Read More

Ambassador Baer at Opening Session of the Gender Equality Review Conference

On occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 OSCE Gender Action Plan Thank you, Madam Chair and esteemed panel members, Gender equality and advancing the status of women and... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Opening Session of UN Department of Public Information's 65th NGO Conference

Hello, everybody. Welcome to New York. Totally energized to be here with you. I gather there are people from 117 countries who signed up for this conference – 900 NGOs.... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Beating of Azerbaijani Journalist and Human Rights Activist

We condemn the August 21 beating in Nakhchivan City, Azerbaijan of noted civil society activist Ilgar Nasibov, Director of the NGO Democracy Support Center, who is currently hospitalized in grave... Read More

Ambassador Baer Condemnation of the Illegitimate Election in Georgia’s Abkhazia Region

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called presidential elections on August 24 in Georgia’s Abkhazia region, nor do we recognize their outcome. Such provocative actions erode... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Downing of an UNMISS Helicopter in South Sudan

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the August 26 downing of a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) helicopter outside Bentiu, in northern South Sudan. Of the... Read More

Syria: Crimes Against Humanitarians on World Humanitarian Day 2014

World Humanitarian Day (August 19) recognizes the dedication and sacrices of national and international aid workers around the world. - View the image at full size as a... Read More

Central African Republic: Announcement of New Government

The United States welcomes the announcement of the formation of a new transitional government in the Central African Republic.  We call on all members of this newly appointed government to... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Women's Equality Day 2014

WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY 2014 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was... Read More

Joint Statement on United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Policy Consultations

Media Note The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the... Read More

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, giving American women the fundamental right to vote.  Today, on this important anniversary, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and all of the... Read More

Vietnamese Government’s Decision to Convict Activists Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Nguyen Van Minh

We are deeply concerned by the Vietnamese government’s conviction and sentencing of activists Ms. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Mr. Nguyen Van Minh to 3... Read More

U.S. Looks Forward to Productive 27th Session of the Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Council – Organizational Meeting Thank you, Mr. President, The United States would like to make a comment about the proposal to limit speaking times. We understand that... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Peter Theo Curtis

Particularly after a week marked by unspeakable tragedy, we are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of... Read More

U.S. on Death of Mykola Zelenec, Lithuania's Honorary Consul in Luhansk

Today we were shocked to hear reports that Lithuanian Honorary Consul Mykola Zelenec was abducted and murdered by separatist groups operating in Luhansk. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family... Read More


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