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Human Rights Defenders and NGOs Must Never Be Made to Feel Threatened at HRC

Thank you, Madame President. The Universal Periodic Review allows for an honest and open dialogue between United Nations Member States, United Nations agencies and mechanisms, and civil society. The goal... Read More

Ambassador DeLaurentis At a Security Council Briefing on UNOCA/LRA

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you Special Representative Moussa and African Union Special Envoy Madeira for your statements this morning. Mr. President, the Lord’s Resistance Army has... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe on Syria, Belarus, China, Eritrea, and More

Madame President, The brutal, persistent attacks by the Syrian regime against its own people – including the outrageous targeted killings of civilians, including women and children, at Qubeir and Houla... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe: U.S. Continues to Engage with Bahrain on Human Rights Issues

The United States continues to engage in candid bilateral discussions with the Government of Bahrain and a cross-section of Bahrainis, and these discussions include human rights. We believe that this... Read More

Remarks at the U.N. Security Council Open Debate on Afghanistan

AS DELIVERED Under-Secretary-General Ladsous, thank you for your briefing today detailing the important work UNAMA’s staff performs every day under very difficult conditions. Executive Director Fedotov, thank you for your... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland: Our Goal is to Unite Around a Clear Path that Leads to a Better Syria

Excerpt from State Department Daily Briefing QUESTION: Can we talk about Syria? MS. NULAND: We can. QUESTION: Portions of a draft of Annan’s proposal for a political transition are now... Read More

Under Secretary Otero at the Inter-American Development Bank's 4th of July Reception

(As Delivered) Thank you very much for the kind introduction, Executive Director Arnavat, and for inviting me to participate in this special event. I want to thank you, as well... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe: The Evidence is Incontrovertible. Assad Regime is Waging a Brutal Campaign Against the Syrian People

Thank you, Madame President. The United States thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its diligent and vital work. And we thank Deputy Joint Special Envoy Guehenno for his briefing on... Read More

U.S. Gravely Concerned About Human Rights Situation in Belarus

Thank you, Madame President. The United States is gravely concerned about the human rights situation in Belarus, particularly in the past year since this situation was last addressed by the... Read More

U.S. Government became observer to the Roma Decade of Inclusion

  Good afternoon.  Earlier this year, in announcing the United States’ intention to participate in the “Decade” as an observer, Secretary of State Clinton said in Sofia: “For too long,... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Ethiopian Court's Conviction of Eskinder Nega

We are deeply concerned about the Ethiopian government’s conviction of a number of journalists and opposition members under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. This practice raises serious questions and concerns about the... Read More

Excerpt from the State Department Daily Press Briefing Regarding Secretary Clinton's Hope that the Geneva Meeting Will be a Step in Supporting the Syrian People

QUESTION: Geneva. As you’re obviously aware, the Geneva meeting for Saturday has been announced. Does the fact that the meeting is to be held mean that the P-5+1, notably Russia,... Read More

Enabling Women to Lead Lives Free of Gender-Based Discrimination a Key U.S. Foreign Policy Objective

Thank you, Madame President. The United States is proud to express its continued firm commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all around the... Read More

Women Human Rights Defenders Must be Empowered to Engage their Goverments and Speak Out Without Fear

Thank you, Madame President. The United States is strongly committed to supporting all human rights defenders and civil society activists who work hard every day, in every region, to ensure... Read More

U.S. is Committed to Preventing, Reducing, and Ultimately Eliminating Violence Against Women

Thank you, Madame President We thank the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers for her examination of the independence and impartiality of prosecutors. The United States wholeheartedly... Read More

Spokeperson Nuland on the Crackdown on Demonstrators in Sudan

The United States condemns the numerous arrests and detentions that have been taking place over the past week in Sudan in response to peaceful demonstrations. There have been reports of... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Djiboutian National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Djibouti on the 35th anniversary of your... Read More

The White House Press Secretary on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the United States joins the international community in pledging to work toward the elimination of torture and all other forms... Read More

OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, June 26 Keynote Address by Deputy Assistant Secretary Rubin

 Mr. Chairman, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to the Chairmanship of the OSCE for its energy and effort to expand the Annual Security Review Conference and... Read More

Strengthening the OSCE’s Response, Consolidating Progress: Statement to the June 26 OSCE Annual Security Review Conference

As prepared for delivery The OSCE’s comprehensive notion of security is one of its greatest comparative advantages in addressing transnational threats (TNTs), which are not only transnational but also cross-dimensional. ... Read More


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