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President Obama on the Occasion of Ramadan 2014

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the... Read More

Egypt’s Chilling Detour on the Path to Democracy

On Monday, an Egyptian court convicted three international journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network along with 15 others of conspiring with “terrorists” to harm national unity. Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: I want to thank Foreign Minister Fabius for France’s extraordinary hospitality and helping to provide the venue for a number of meetings today. And Foreign Minister Fabius and... Read More

U.S. on Libyan Elections

We congratulate the Libyan people on yesterday’s elections for a new Council of Representatives. These elections provided an opportunity for the Libyan people to advance their democratic transition and continue... Read More

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag Released on Bail

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag Released on Bail The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese... Read More

Ambassador Power at the "Stonewall at 45" Commemoration

Thank you so much everybody for coming out for this wonderful event. I’m really, really honored to get to be a part of this and to join my colleagues and... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Assassination of Libyan Human Rights Activist Salwa Bugaighis

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal assassination in Benghazi of prominent Libyan political thinker and human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis. Through her dedicated activism and... Read More

U.S. Joins Resolution Welcoming Observance of June 13 as International Albinism Awareness Day

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council As Delivered by Rachel Spring Thank you Mr. President. The United States joins the consensus on the resolution... Read More

Proposed Working Group Would Undermine Efforts to Implement Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Explanation of Vote: A/HRC/26/L.22/Rev.1 on BHR Legally-Binding Instrument Delivered by Stephen Townley Thank you, Mr. President. We are... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Resolution on Eliminating All Forms of Violence Against Women

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council General Comment: A/HRC/26/L.26/Rev.1 on VAW Thank you, Mr. President. The United States welcomes the resolution entitled “Accelerating efforts... Read More

U.S. Looks Forward to Future Appropriate action on Roma issues at the HRC

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Explanation of Position: A/HRC/26/L.11 on Roma Thank you Mr. President. The United States strongly supports the claimed purpose... Read More

U.S. Explanation of Vote: Human Rights Council Resolution on the Death Penalty

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is disappointed that it was not able to join consensus on... Read More

Transnational Threats and Challenges

Working Session III: Transnational Threats and Challenges As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Mr. Chairman. With its cross-dimensional approach to security based on a common understanding of threats we all... Read More

Working Session IV: Afghanistan

As delivered by Political Officer Daniel Phelps Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We welcome Ms. Shukria Barakzai and Mr. James Appathurai to this session of the ASRC. Thank you both for... Read More

Ambassador Baer Closing Statement to the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference 2014

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. At the outset, I would like to thank the Swiss Chairmanship and Secretariat for hosting the Annual Security Review Conference. It is a pertinent time for... Read More

State of Rights - Reality Check: An Examination of Anti-Semitism in 2014

Reality Check: An Examination of Anti-Semitism in 2014 The U.S. Department of State and the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism sponsored a discussion, “Reality Check:  An Examination of... Read More

Ambassador Yohannes at OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Daniel Yohannes will lead a U.S. Government delegation to the OECD’s second annual Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct... Read More

Testimony: The Future of U.S.-China Relations

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on U.S.-China relations. It is also a great honor to be participating in... Read More

Ambassador DiCarlo at a UN Security Council Meeting on Afghanistan

Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Kubis, thank you for your informative briefing. I also want to thank you, and your entire team at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan,... Read More

If You ‘Let Girls Learn,’ You Save Lives Too

Oppression and prejudice toil in a cage of ignorance and cruelty.  Before the U.S. Civil Rights movement altered the course of history, Jim Crow laws and terror imposed segregation and... Read More



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