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Ambassador Rice at the Commission on the Status of Women

AS PREPARED Thank you, Madame Chair. On behalf of the United States, let me thank you for this opportunity to stand firmly in support of the safety and dignity of... Read More

U.S. Intervention on Human Rights and the Environment

Interactive Dialogue Following the Preliminary Report of the Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment Thank you Mr. President. The United States thanks Professor Knox for preparing a comprehensive... Read More

U.S. Statement on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Item 3: Clustered Dialogue: Working Group on Disappearances and Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Religion or Belief Thank you, Mr. President. The United States thanks the Working Group on... Read More

U.S. Statement on the Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, and on Arbitrary Detentions

Clustered Interactive Dialogue on the Reports of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, and the Working Group on Arbitrary... Read More

U.S. Statement on Somalia Rape Case Appeals Court Verdict

The United States welcomes the Mogadishu appeals court’s March 3 decision to overturn the conviction of a 27-year-old alleged rape survivor but is profoundly disappointed by the same court’s decision... Read More

U.S. Assistance to Syria Fact Sheet

U.S. Government Assistance to the Syrian People The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a Syrian-led transition to a democratic, inclusive, and unified Syria. The United Nations estimates... Read More

U.S. Support for the Egyptian People

Over the past couple of days in Egypt, I have listened to a broad cross-section of political leaders, business leaders and representatives of non-governmental organizations. In all of these conversations,... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance in Support of Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in Kenya

For 50 years, Kenya has been a stalwart and reliable partner in a strategically important but volatile region. As the economic powerhouse and transport hub of East Africa, Kenya’s stability... Read More

A Champion in the Fight against Child Labor

Carol Pier is the acting deputy undersecretary of the Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs. The warm waters of Lake Volta in eastern Ghana support local fishermen from the... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: 100th Anniversary of the United States Department of Labor

A PROCLAMATION On March 4, 1913, President William Howard Taft signed a bill establishing the United States Department of Labor -- an agency charged with promoting the welfare of American... Read More

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


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