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Fact Sheet: Partnering with State and Local Authorities to Support International Criminal Justice Sector Assistance

For the past three years, the U.S. Department of State has made a sustained effort to recruit state and local law enforcement, corrections officials, prosecutors, and judges to participate in... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance to Syria

The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a Syrian-led political transition to a democratic, inclusive, and unified post-Assad Syria. The Assad regime has turned its weapons against its... Read More

America and a Changing Middle East

Thank you, Dan. It’s an honor to be back at Princeton, and back at the Woodrow Wilson School, an institution whose commitment to public service I have long admired. It’s... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Massacre in al-Bayda

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. The United States is appalled by horrific reports that more than 100 people were killed May 2 in gruesome... Read More

Secretary Kerry Commemorating World Press Freedom Day

View "Free the Press: The Shrinking Space for Media Worldwide" Today we mark World Press Freedom Day, an annual occasion to recognize, honor, and underscore the essential role of independent... Read More

Celebrating World Press Freedom Today and Every Day

Each year on World Press Freedom Day, we celebrate the right to freedom of expression and recognize the challenges so many courageous journalists face, as we strive to promote universal... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Commemorating World Press Freedom Day 2013

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Tomorrow the nations of the world mark the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. The UN General Assembly proclaimed that, each third of... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Russian NGO Law and Fining of the NGO Golos

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States is concerned that Russian law enforcement, tax offices, and other regulatory agencies have continued to conduct unannounced inspections not only of... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Response to Report of Goran Svilanovic, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We welcome you, Secretary General Goran Svilanovic, back to Vienna and the Permanent Council in your new capacity with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC),... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the Situation in the Security Zone in Moldova

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States notes with concern the incidents in the Security Zone in Moldova in which four checkpoints were unilaterally set up without notice... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the Heart of Asia Ministerial Meeting in Almaty

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes the third Heart of Asia Ministerial meeting as part of the Istanbul Process in Almaty on April 26. We thank... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Barring of NGO from House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States wishes to express our deep concern over steps taken two weeks ago by the House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina... Read More

Burma: Termination of Presidential Proclamation 6925

The Secretary of State has determined that Presidential Proclamation 6925, also known as the 1996 Visa Ban, which suspended entry into the United States as immigrants or non-immigrants of “persons... Read More

Spokesperson on Decision in Eskinder Nega’s Appeal Case

The United States is deeply disappointed that Ethiopia’s Federal Supreme Court upheld the conviction and harsh sentencing of journalist Eskinder Nega and opposition politician Andualem Arege under the country’s Anti-Terrorism... Read More

UPR 16th Session – Intervention for Cameroon

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review. View other interventions on the UPR 16th Session page. AS PREPARED We warmly welcome the Cameroon delegation. We applaud efforts to hold accountable... Read More

UPR 16th Session – Intervention for Cuba

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review. View other interventions on the UPR 16th Session page. AS PREPARED The United States is concerned that Cuba has put in place a... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Cuba Promoting Human Rights Through Humanitarian Aid

Cuba's future must be freely determined by the Cuban people. Sadly, that has not been the case for decades, and it is not the case today. The people of Cuba... Read More

Fact Sheet on Business and Human Rights

View this fact sheet as a PDF. "Strong respect for human rights isn’t merely an indicator that a country is likely doing well. It actually unleashes a country’s potential, and... Read More

U.S. Government Approach on Business and Human Rights

View this page as a PDF. I. Context and Landscape II. Objective III. International Guidelines on Business and Human Rights IV. Business and Human Rights in Foreign Policy V. Support,... Read More

Fact Sheet: The Obama Administration’s Comprehensive Efforts to Prevent Mass Atrocities Over the Past Year

One year ago, President Obama announced a comprehensive Administration strategy to prevent atrocities. He underscored that “preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core... Read More



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