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Secretary Clinton on International Human Rights Day

On December 10, 1948, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly and affirmed the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all people. In adopting the Universal Declaration of... Read More

Ambassador Shear's Vignettes from Vietnam on International Human Rights Day

Welcome to my new blog! I look forward to this opportunity to talk with you directly about important issues, share my perspective on the U.S.-Vietnam relationship, and perhaps most importantly... Read More

Assistant Secretary Posner on Celebrating Human Rights Day

Michael Posner serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Sixty-four years ago today, on December 10, 1948, the world came together to adopt the Universal... Read More

Ambassador Wayne Op-Ed: Celebrating Advances in Human Rights

International Human Rights Day, which we celebrate each December 10, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. In adopting... Read More

U.S. Government on Business and Human Rights: Letter to the UN Working Group

This letter is submitted in response to the Note circulated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on October 5, 2012, transmitting a questionnaire from the WG,... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Scores of Cuban Democracy Activists Detained on the Eve of Human Rights Day

We are deeply concerned by the Cuban Government’s repeated use of arbitrary detention and violence to silence critics, disrupt peaceful assembly, and intimidate independent civil society. We understand that across... Read More

Presidential Proclamation – Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2012

Sixty-four years ago, a group of nations emerging from the shadow of war joined together to light a path toward lasting peace. They adopted the Universal Declaration of Human... Read More

Ambassador Rice on International Human Rights Day 2012

On Human Rights Day, we celebrate a simple but powerful declaration that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Adopted 64 years ago today, the... Read More

Ambassador Rice at a Security Council Briefing on the Sahel

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for convening this important session. I’d also like to thank the Secretary-General and Special Envoy Prodi for their briefings and those of others. We... Read More

Eleven Words: International Human Rights Day

Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. As we commemorate International Human Rights Day today, December 10, I can't help but recall the moment 17 years ago in Beijing... Read More

U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Marking International Human Rights Day

Click above images to enlarge and scroll through photo album. On December 10, seven embassy representatives, including the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., marched with a crowd of over 1,000 through central... Read More

Assistant Secretary Posner on Visit to Bahrain

I welcome the opportunity to be here to renew discussions on issues of mutual interest and importance to the United States and Bahrain. While here, I have had meetings with... Read More

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


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