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U.S. Response to the the Head of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, Ambassador Peter Burkhard

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

US Mission to the OSCE Statement on Armenian Presidential Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Armenia on their February 18 presidential election. We agree with the OSCE assessment that the election was generally well-administered and characterized by a... Read More

U.S. Remarks at “Women’s Access to Justice”

Thank you. I would like to thank the Permanent Representatives from Australia and Austria and IDLO Director-General Irene Khan for hosting this event and for the opportunity to participate in... Read More

Assistant Secretary Posner's Testimony on Human Rights in Burma

AS PREPARED Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing and for the Commission’s sustained concern about Burma over the years. I am particularly grateful to the late Tom Lantos... Read More

Special Representative Murphy's Testimony on Human Rights in Burma

AS PREPARED Mr. Chairman, I very much appreciate your invitation and I welcome the sustained interest of this Commission and its members in Burma. Congress has been instrumental in shaping... Read More

Statement on the HCHR’s Annual Report

Agenda Item 2: General Debate-Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Reports of the OHCHR and SYG Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the High... Read More

Presidential Proclamation for Women's History Month

For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other... Read More

Ten Years of War in Darfur

The United States is deeply concerned that, ten years after the outbreak of war in Darfur, the Darfuri people continue to suffer from increased insecurity, human rights abuses, and sexual... Read More

Secretary Kerry at Youth Connect: Berlin

  MODERATOR: (In progress) – Berlin for a town hall meeting, the first show of Facebook TV here in Germany. This is John Kerry. He is here on stage. That’s... Read More

U.S. Priorities at UN Human Rights Council 22 Opening

Mr. President, fellow delegates, distinguished guests, It is an honor for me to once again represent the United States before the UN Human Rights Council, to present our first intervention... Read More

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


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