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Fact Sheet: Standing Up for Women’s Civil Rights, 20 Years After VAWA

“The original law had three simple goals: make streets safer for women; make homes safer for women; and protect women’s civil rights.” – Senator Biden, 1990 “In its totality, the... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Twentieth Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Twenty years ago, our Nation came together to declare our commitment to end violence against women. The Violence Against... Read More

Ferguson and International Human Rights

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and its aftermath have understandably drawn international attention. Just as many Americans wondered if the law enforcement response to protests there was... Read More

U.S. Statement on Panel on History Teaching & Memorialization Processes

As Delivered by Lisa Brodey Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes today’s panel discussion on history teaching and memorialization. Our ability to remember past events and learn from... Read More

HRC Holds Dialogue with Independent Expert on Older Persons and Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

Agenda Item 3, Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Older Persons, Rosa Kornfield-Matte and Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmila Bhoola As Delivered by Valerie Ullrich Thank... Read More

Ambassador Cousens at the UNICEF Executive Board Second Regular Session

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Executive Director Lake for your remarks. Your statements always allow us to reflect on the impressive range of UNICEF’s truly essential work on... Read More

U.S. Remarks at the High-level forum on "The Culture of Peace"

The United States believes in encouraging a culture of peace through the adoption and promotion of values based on freedom, justice, democracy, and human rights that reject violence and address... Read More

The International Conference on Population and Development: A 20 Year Review

It is an honor to be here on this the 20th anniversary of one of the great milestones in the history of global development. The International Conference on Population and... Read More

Remarks at the Good Society and Corruption Conference

As prepared I would like to thank the Aspen Institute Romania—and particularly Mircea Geoana—for organizing this impressive gathering of policy-makers, business leaders, thinkers, activists and citizens. In unique formats like... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Concerns of Increasing ISIL Threat to OSCE Region

The United States joins the European Union in expressing its grave concern over increasing terrorist threats, particularly by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This group of... Read More

Ambassador Baer Reply to UN USG for Political Affairs and UN ASG for Human Rights

Ambassador Baer Reply to UN USG for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and UN ASG for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović The United States warmly welcomes Under Secretary General Feltman and Assistant... Read More

Ambassador Harper Opening Day Statement at 27th Session of the Human Rights Council

Thank you, Mr. President. I would first like to extend my congratulations and welcome to the new High Commissioner. The United States looks forward to working with you. We also... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

To Special Representative Zerrougui, Special Envoy Whitaker, Deputy Executive Director Brandt, Under Secretary-General Ladsous, Foreign Minister Asselborn, and Sandra: thank you all for speaking with us today, and for your... Read More

Ambassador Dunn at the Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Report of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect

I’d like to thank the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, and the panel members for today’s event which addresses the critical issue of the Responsibility to Protect. It... Read More

U.S. Congratulates Iraqis on the Formation of a Government

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Tonight we mark what is unquestionably a major milestone for Iraq, and what President Obama has made clear will be a cornerstone of our efforts... Read More

Promoting Gender Equality & Advancing the Status of Women & Girls

Globally, women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. Women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and have limited access to the educational resources and financial tools... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the 20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

SECRETARY KERRY: Anne, thank you. Thanks so much for that terrific introduction. Most importantly, thank you very, very much. You are a spectacular, powerful, wonderfully dedicated, and extraordinarily – I’m... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Reinforcing the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

Because there is no "Activities of the Chairmanship" item on the agenda today, and because you, the Chairmanship, explained some of the activities that are underway in terms of moving... Read More

Op-Ed: Defending civil society space: A governance challenge for our times

This opinion piece originally appeared on the website for International Service for Human Rights, www.ishr.ch. Human rights begin 'in small places, close to home'. Those words from Eleanor Roosevelt are every... Read More

Secretary Kerry at Top of Meeting on Building an Anti-ISIL Coalition Co-Chaired by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Secretary Kerry at Top of Meeting on Building an Anti-ISIL Coalition Co-Chaired by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon SECRETARY KERRY: ... Read More


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