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Secretary Kerry Announces U.S. Special Envoy for Syria

Daniel Rubinstein will be an outstanding successor to Ambassador Robert Ford as the U.S. Special Envoy for Syria. This position is as important as it is challenging. Like Robert, Daniel... Read More

Secretary Lew on Sanctions

The President's executive order announced today is very serious. In response to the Russian government's provocative acts regarding Ukraine, it provides us with broad authority and scope to impose costs... Read More

U.S. Concerned Over Detention of Human Rights Defenders

The United States Government is concerned about the arrests and detention of several well-known Sri Lankan human rights defenders and activists over the past week. We urge Sri Lankan government... Read More

U.S. Sees No Significant Improvement in Iran’s Overall Human Rights Situation

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur for the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic... Read More

Discussion with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council The United States expresses deep gratitude to Mr. Quintana for his nearly six years serving as Special Rapporteur... Read More

United States Increases Costs on Russia for Actions in Ukraine

President Barack Obama announced a series of measures today that will continue to increase the cost on Russia and on those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine. As authorized... Read More

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

President Obama spoke this afternoon with President Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized that the Crimean “referendum,” which violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention,... Read More

White House Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the “referendum” that took place today... Read More

United States Rejects 'Referendum' in Crimean Region of Ukraine

The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991. In a statement released on March 16, 2014, the... Read More

Voices of North Korea

Voices of North Korea in Korean - 북한의 목소리 The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea brought to light the deplorable situation inside North... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine

Good day everybody. Today’s vote is a reflection of what Russia denies and the whole world knows. The whole world knows the government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in... Read More

Ambassador Power Explanation of Vote after a UN Security Council Vote on a Resolution on Ukraine

Madame President, The United States deeply appreciates the support from our colleagues around this table and from the many states who have called for a peaceful end to the crisis... Read More

Remarks at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Convention and Board Meeting

  As Prepared for Delivery I’m so honored to be here and I’d like to thank Chad and the Human Rights Campaign for the invitation to speak today.  I’d like... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli

The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that rights activist Cao Shunli has passed away at a hospital in Beijing. We offer our condolences to her family. Chinese authorities... Read More

Secretary Kerry Press Availability in London on Ukraine

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. President Obama, as you know, asked me to come to London in an effort to try to deescalate the situation in Ukraine. Today, Foreign Minister... Read More

Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Trip to London

MODERATOR: This is a background briefing previewing our trip to London, where Secretary Kerry will be meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov. Senior State Department Official Number One will give some... Read More

Press Availability in London

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. President Obama, as you know, asked me to come to London in an effort to try to deescalate the situation in Ukraine. Today, Foreign Minister... Read More

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Venezuelan Government’s Response to Ongoing Protests

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Venezuela: Response to pronouncements by the Prosecutor General of Venezuela at a side event at the UN Human... Read More

Secretary Kerry on FY2015 Department of State Budget

Well, Mr. Chairman, thank you very much, and Ranking Member Graham and all the members of the committee, senators, good friends of mine. And I’m very appreciative of the opportunity... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Anniversary of the Election of His Holiness Pope Francis

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend heartfelt congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis on the one-year anniversary of his historic election to... Read More



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