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UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Faith & Protection

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. And thank you, Mr. High Commissioner for initiating this important dialogue. I hope and trust it will continue to inform and to inspire us well... Read More

U.S. Mission to the OSCE on International Human Rights Day

December 10 was International Human Rights Day and marked the 64th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, a revolutionary document that recognized the inherent... Read More

Statement on OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and ODIHR Cooperation

AS DELIVERED The United States would like to express its appreciation for the Parliamentary Assembly’s efforts in connection with the recent parliamentary elections in Romania, and for its informative report. ... Read More

U.S. Leadership to Advance Equality for LGBT People Abroad

During Human Rights Week, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding human rights and human dignity at home and abroad, and we recognize the need to build a world in which... Read More

Deputy Burns at Forum for the Future

I thank all whose hard work made this gathering possible: the Tunisian Government; under whose leadership we have seen unprecedented engagement with civil society; my counterparts from the nations of... Read More

Cooperatively Observing Ghana Decide

Gene A. Cretz serves as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. While many Americans experienced long lines when voting in our 2012 elections, by and large, they faced these inconveniences with patience... Read More

Testimony on the Devastating Crisis in Eastern Congo

AS PREPARED Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, and members of the Committee. Thank you for the invitation to testify before the Subcommittee on the crisis unfolding in the eastern Democratic... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Recent Incidents of Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

The United States joins the government of Afghanistan in strongly condemning the murder of Najia Sediqi, who was killed in a drive-by shooting Monday morning. As Acting Director of Provincial... Read More

U.S. Provides Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian Crisis

Today, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns announced the United States is providing nearly $14 million in additional humanitarian aid that will provide nutrition support for children, as well... Read More

Keynote Remarks at the European Union's Human Rights Day Event

Thank you, Mr. Ambassador, for that kind introduction. It is a special honor to be with you the day after the European Union was awarded the 2012 Peace Prize. My... Read More

Secretary Clinton on International Human Rights Day

On December 10, 1948, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly and affirmed the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all people. In adopting the Universal Declaration of... Read More

Ambassador Shear's Vignettes from Vietnam on International Human Rights Day

Welcome to my new blog! I look forward to this opportunity to talk with you directly about important issues, share my perspective on the U.S.-Vietnam relationship, and perhaps most importantly... Read More

Assistant Secretary Posner on Celebrating Human Rights Day

Michael Posner serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Sixty-four years ago today, on December 10, 1948, the world came together to adopt the Universal... Read More

Ambassador Wayne Op-Ed: Celebrating Advances in Human Rights

International Human Rights Day, which we celebrate each December 10, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. In adopting... Read More

U.S. Government on Business and Human Rights: Letter to the UN Working Group

This letter is submitted in response to the Note circulated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on October 5, 2012, transmitting a questionnaire from the WG,... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Scores of Cuban Democracy Activists Detained on the Eve of Human Rights Day

We are deeply concerned by the Cuban Government’s repeated use of arbitrary detention and violence to silence critics, disrupt peaceful assembly, and intimidate independent civil society. We understand that across... Read More

Presidential Proclamation – Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2012

Sixty-four years ago, a group of nations emerging from the shadow of war joined together to light a path toward lasting peace. They adopted the Universal Declaration of Human... Read More

Ambassador Rice on International Human Rights Day 2012

On Human Rights Day, we celebrate a simple but powerful declaration that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Adopted 64 years ago today, the... Read More

Ambassador Rice at a Security Council Briefing on the Sahel

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for convening this important session. I’d also like to thank the Secretary-General and Special Envoy Prodi for their briefings and those of others. We... Read More

Eleven Words: International Human Rights Day

Melanne Verveer serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. As we commemorate International Human Rights Day today, December 10, I can't help but recall the moment 17 years ago in Beijing... Read More



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