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Joint Press Conference by President Obama and President Karzai

1:40 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Please have a seat. It is my pleasure to welcome President Karzai back to the White House, as well as his delegation. ... Read More

Women and the Web and The Internet Gender Gap

The International Working Forum on Women, Information and Communication Technologies, and Development Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues and UN Women Speakers: Melanne Verveer,... Read More

Statement on the Conviction of 14 Redemptorist Bloggers in Nghe An Province

We are deeply troubled by reports that the Supreme People’s Court of Nghe An Province convicted 14 Catholic Redemptorist bloggers on charges related to their exercise of their rights to... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance to Syria

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a Syrian-led transition to a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful Syria.... Read More

Ambassador Rice on UN Security Council Consultations on Sudan and South Sudan

AS DELIVERED Good afternoon. The United States welcomes the meeting between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan that took place in Addis Ababa last weekend and the recommitment to... Read More

Advancing Human Rights Vital to U.S. National Interests

Michael Posner serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. As we start the New Year, I want to reflect on four events that took place in... Read More

On the Road to an AIDS-Free Generation

2012 was an extraordinary year. As of September 30, 2012, PEPFAR directly supported lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) for nearly 5.1 million people -- a nearly three-fold increase since 2008. PEPFAR also... Read More

Presidential Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten,... Read More

The Fight Against Modern Slavery: Fulfilling the Promise of the Emancipation Proclamation

On New Year's Day, our nation celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. President Obama commemorated the anniversary with two Presidential Proclamations: one that celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation and... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on Asad's Speech in Syria

Bashar al-Asad’s speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people’s goal of a political transition. His initiative... Read More

Fulbright Alum Helps Islamabad Street Kids Find a Better Future

Jennifer McAndrew serves at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Jawaid is a four-year-old trash picker. He wants to be a tree when he grows up. At least, that's what... Read More

Resolving the Plight of Persecuted, Uprooted People Around the World

2012 was a challenging year for humanitarians trying to help displaced people around the world. The following summarizes some of the challenges addressed by the State Department's Bureau of Population,... Read More

Inaugural Caribbean Dialogue on Rule of Law and Gender-Based Violence: A Catalyst for Action

On the heels of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which ran from November 25 through December 10, the United States engaged with regional partners to spur... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Situation in the Central African Republic

We are deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). We call on the rebel alliance to cease hostilities and movements towards the capital. We... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the UN Security Council's DRC Sanctions Committee Designations

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes the decision today by the UN Security Council's Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Sanctions Committee to impose targeted sanctions on two armed groups operating... Read More

Faces of Iran: Citizens Unjustly Imprisoned

Iranian law criminalizes dissent, and the Iranian government has arrested or imprisoned many of its own citizens for their political activities or beliefs, as well as for their religious beliefs.... Read More

Afghan Girls Lead Peer Education

The Internet may be important, but it's not everything. In rural Afghanistan, courageous and talented young women who have never heard of the Internet are using skills today often associated... Read More

Christmas in Kabul

As Christmas approaches, my husband and I are almost halfway through our year-long assignment to Kabul. Serving at an unaccompanied post was not something we had to do, but something... Read More

Geneva International Discussions on Georgia

The United States was pleased to participate in the December 12 round of the Geneva International Discussions. We continue to believe that these talks are an important forum for pursuing... Read More

Two Year Anniversary of the Suppression of Peaceful Protestors in Belarus

Yesterday marked the two year anniversary of the December 2010 presidential election in Belarus. Following that election, which fell significantly short of internationally recognized democratic standards, police violently broke up... Read More


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