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United States Government Recommendations on Best Practices for Companies with Operations in Bangladesh

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake hosted... Read More

U.S. Strongly Condemns Assad Regime's Brutality and Blatant Violations of Intl. Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

AS DELIVERED by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Thank you, Mr. President. More than 70,000 people have been killed in Syria since peaceful protests began in 2011.  The COI’s latest report ... Read More

Press Briefing: U.S. Comments on HRC Reports on North Korea, Syria, Iran and Burma

Ambassador King: It’s very good to be back in Geneva to discuss the situation of human rights in North Korea. As you know the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in... Read More

Human Rights in Burma: Encouraging Progress, but Considerable Challenges Remain

Item 4:  Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Burma Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Delivered by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Human... Read More

International Women’s Day

On March 8, the United States joins people around the globe in honoring women and celebrating their contributions toward building a more peaceful, just, and prosperous world. The State Department,... Read More

2013 International Women of Courage Award Winners

Malalai Bahaduri First Sergeant, Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU), Senior Instructor Afghanistan First Sergeant Malalai Bahaduri’s story is one of hope and perseverance that began in the mid-1960’s. At the... Read More

President Obama on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day we celebrate the many milestones on the road to gender equality, and recommit ourselves to fight for the rights and opportunities of women and girls around... Read More

Fact Sheet: Advancing the Status of Women and Girls Around the World

No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind. This is why the United States believes gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity,... Read More

Shoulder to Shoulder: Delivering Real Results for Women and Girls

Working to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, around the world can be a challenge. There are difficult days when you wonder if your efforts are having a real impact... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the International Women of Courage Awards

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Good afternoon, Mrs. Obama, Secretary Kerry, Mrs. Heinz Kerry, Secretary Sebelius, Congresswoman Edwards, Minister Collins of Australia, all of Your Excellencies with us today, distinguished guests, welcome... Read More

Too Many Governments Continue to Restrict Freedoms of Expression and Association

Item 3: General Debate AS DELIVERED by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Thank you, Mr. President. In this session Council members will deliberate on resolutions concerning both Human Rights Defenders and... Read More

U.S. Support for Human Rights Defenders

Download the Guidelines as a PDF. Overview Protecting and supporting human rights defenders is a key priority of U.S. foreign policy. Because human rights defenders seek to hold their governments... Read More

OSCE Representative Statement on the Extension of the Mandate on Freedom of the Media

In connection with PC.DEC/1074, and under Paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure, the United States wishes to make the following interpretive statement: “The United States disagrees with the... Read More

Statement Welcoming the Extension of the Mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

The United States warmly welcomes the extension of the mandate of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic, and congratulates her and her experienced team. Representative Mijatovic has... Read More

Statement on International Women’s Day

March 8 marks the 102nd anniversary of International Women’s Day. In the early years, the day honored the women’s rights movement, including advocating for the right to vote and to... Read More

Response to Report of the Head of the OSCE Mission in Montenegro, Ambassador Lubomir Kopaj

AS DELIVERED BY Ambassador Ian Kelly The United States joins in welcoming Ambassador Kopaj to the Permanent Council and we thank him for his comprehensive and informative report. The OSCE... Read More

Response to the Report by the OSCE Coordinator for Economic and Environmental Affairs, Mr. H. Yurdakul Yigitguden

AS DELIVERED BY Ambassador Ian Kelly The United States welcomes Mr. Yigitguden to the Permanent Council as he presents his first report as OSCE Coordinator for Economic and Environmental... Read More

Burmese Media Delegation Observes U.S. Free and Independent Press

Ann Stock serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mr. Thiha Saw sits at a table in the Washington Post boardroom, listening attentively about the role... Read More

Proposed Amendments to the Hungarian Constitution

The United States shares the concerns expressed by the Council of Europe about proposed amendments to the Hungarian constitution. These amendments deserve closer scrutiny and more deliberate consideration, as they... Read More

Highlights on International Women's Day

Secretary of State John Kerry will honor the International Women of Courage Award winners at 3:00 p.m. EST March 8, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary Kerry and... Read More


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