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U.S. Statement on the Report of Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions

(The following statement was prepared for delivery and put on the record of the 20th Session of the HRC, but could not be read aloud do to time constraints.) The... Read More

U.S. Honors the Role of a Free Press in Creating Sustainable Democracies, Prosperous Societies

Thank you, Madame President. The United States thanks Special Rapporteur La Rue for his laudable efforts to promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Special Rapporteur Heyns... Read More

Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Company on the Release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report

UNDER SECRETARY OTERO: Good afternoon, everyone. And welcome to the Department of State. It’s wonderful to have you all here. I want to especially welcome Will Smith and Jada Pinkett... Read More

Action on Syria, Belarus Among Top U.S. Priorities at 20th Human Rights Council Session

Thank you, Madame President. Thank you, Madame High Commissioner. The United States would once again like to thank the High Commissioner and your office for all the work that you... Read More

U.S. Embassy Moscow Statement on June Visit by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia conducted a productive working visit to Moscow from June 13th to the 15th with his counterpart on... Read More

President Obama and President Putin of Russia After Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, this has been our second meeting. I remember our lengthy meeting we had in Moscow. Today we had a very meaningful and subject-oriented discussion. ... Read More

White House Press Secretary on Greece Elections

We congratulate the Greek people on conducting their election in this difficult time. We hope this election will lead quickly to the formation of a new government that can make... Read More

Memorandum for the Secretary of State

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I... Read More

Continuation of National Emergency towards the Government of Belarus


Map of Numbers and Locations of People Fleeing the Violence in Syria

This map is an update of the one we originally posted on April 27 which shows the number of people displaced by the violence in Syria. The Assad regime is a... Read More

Ambassodor Rice on the New U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

The United States and Africa face enormous opportunities and challenges in the 21st century—and thanks to President Obama’s U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, we are in a stronger position to... Read More

Fact Sheet: The New Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

Today the White House announced a new U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa that provides a proactive and forward looking vision grounded in partnership. The new strategy sets forth four strategic... Read More

June 12 Press Briefing by Assistant Secretary of State Michael H. Posner in Bahrain

Good afternoon and thank you for coming today.  This is my fifth visit to Bahrain in the last 18 months.  I welcome the opportunity to be here to continue discussions... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Child Survival Forum

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good morning. AUDIENCE: Good morning. SECRETARY CLINTON: It’s wonderful being here in one of my favorite spaces in Washington, and to see all of you for this... Read More

Secretary Clinton with Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon. It has been a great pleasure to welcome Minister Krishna and his distinguished delegation to Washington. We have had an excellent meeting of the Strategic Dialogue... Read More

India and the United States: A Focus on the Fundamentals

This week, leaders from India and the United States will gather in Washington to discuss our expanding cooperation on everything from trade to technology to terrorism. There also will be... Read More

Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership With Young African Leaders

Well, good morning, and it is wonderful to see all of you here today, and I’m delighted to welcome you to the State Department and to the United States. And... Read More

Spotlight on World Day Against Child Labor

The international community designated June 12 as World Day Against Child Labor to highlight the global extent of child labor and call for action to combat it. While significant progress... Read More

Assistant Secretary Brimmer at the UN Association Annual Leadership Conference

Thank you for that kind introduction. I am very pleased to host the United Nations Association’s leadership from the across the United States for a day of consultations here at... Read More


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