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Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action More Relevant Today Than Ever

Thank you, Mr. President. As the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action underscores, the protection and promotion of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms are, and I quote, “the first... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Political Affairs and Security Winter Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Thank you, Mme. Chairperson, Honorable Members of the Parliamentary Assembly, and colleagues. Today’s topic, “Building a Joint Security Community,” is timely, as we continue to pursue a coordinated strategic approach... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the Signing of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes today’s signing of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region, a significant step toward promoting... Read More

On Government Transparency and Human Rights in Zimbabwe

The year 2013 has the potential to be a landmark turning point in Zimbabwe’s history. With an up-coming referendum on the constitution, the UN World Tourism Summit, and elections, Zimbabweans... Read More

Measures Ensuring Respect for and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants

Ambassador de Alba, Special Rapporteur Crépeau, Permanent Representatives, friends and colleagues, let me begin by thanking the International Organization for Migration, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and... Read More

Fact Sheet: The Syria Justice & Accountability Center

• The Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC) is an independent entity that focuses on: 1) Collection and analysis of documentation related to ongoing violations of human rights and international... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Investing in a Strong Foreign Policy

Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. Good morning. Thank you for an extraordinarily warm welcome, Charlottesville. I am really honored to be here. Senator Tim Kaine, thank... Read More

USAID Remarks at the Syria Humanitarian Forum

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. I wish to thank the government of Switzerland, the United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of Islamic... Read More

U.S. Announces Additional Funding in Response to Syria Crisis

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. Today in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Syria Humanitarian Forum, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict,... Read More

Advancing Human Rights in Cambodia

Click above images to enlarge and scroll through photo album. This is my third trip to Cambodia during my tenure with the State Department. I have come to meet with... Read More

Victoria Nuland on the Two-Year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Iranian Opposition Leaders

Two years ago today, the Iranian regime put former presidential candidates and opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and his wife, women’s rights activist Zahra Rahnavard, under house arrest... Read More

Secretary Kerry at Agency for International Development Headquarters

Thank you very much. Thank you. So I just said to Raj, you had to remind me of Red Sox travails. Eighty-six years, well, we got over that. Now, today... Read More

On Internet Freedom at the Closing Plenary of the OSCE Internet 2013 Conference

AS DELIVERED I am pleased to join you in addressing a defining challenge of the 21st century: upholding Internet Freedom. I commend the RFOM for convening this Conference and note... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the EU Statement Concerning the Case of Warren Lee Hill

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As we have consistently noted, international law does not prohibit the death penalty or otherwise require imposition of a moratorium on executions with a... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Response to the Address by Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation H.E. Mr. Victor Tvircun

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes the Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Ambassador Victor Tvircun, to the Permanent Council, and we thank... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Statement on Arrests of Activists in Azerbaijan

Thank You, Mr. Chairman. We have seen reports that two Azerbaijani political activists have been detained and charged in connection with demonstrations on January 23-24 in the town of Ismayilli. ... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on LGBT Harassment and Political Prisoners in Belarus

The Belarusian MFA issued a report last week critical of the human rights performance of 25 countries, including the United States. The delegation of Belarus cited this report at the... Read More

Key Excerpts from Secretary Kerry’s First Week

I am proud to take on this job because I want to work for peace – (applause) – and because the values and the ideals of our nation are really... Read More

One Billion Rising

About the Author: Ambassador Luis CdeBaca serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and directs the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Today all... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Situation in Maldives

The United States is concerned about ongoing events in Male. We urge all sides to remain calm, reject the use of violence, and avoid rhetoric that could increase tensions. Former... Read More


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