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Statement by Assistant Secretary Carson on Child Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Protecting and assisting children affected by armed conflict and preventing abuses against them is a priority for the United States.  We remain committed to ending the unlawful recruitment and use... Read More

Presidential Memorandum - Presidential Determination with respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of... Read More

Remarks from Secretary Clinton at Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition Event

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at G-8 Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition Foreign Ministers Meeting Good morning. Let me start by thanking everyone for the contributions that... Read More

Statement from Spokesperson Nuland on the 2009 Massacre at Pro-Democracy Rally in Guinea

Today marks three years since Guinean security forces opened fire on a group of peaceful, unarmed demonstrators at a pro-democracy rally in Conakry. At least 150 people were killed and... Read More

U.S. General Comment: Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

The United States is pleased to co-sponsor the Resolution on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous peoples around the world face grave challenges, and the United States is committed to... Read More

U.S. Explanation of Position: The Human Rights of Older Persons

The United States places great importance on protecting the rights of older persons. We have sent senior representation from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Open Ended... Read More

Resolution on “Assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights”

The United States welcomes the new institutions in Somalia and the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mahamud as the culmination of the road map process. We hope the resolution will... Read More

Statement by Secretary Clinton on Support for Emerging Democracies

At the United Nations Security Council Session On Peace And Security in the Middle East Thank you very much, Minister Westerwelle, for calling us together at this critical moment to... Read More

Water Should Be a Priority in Every Nation’s Foreign Policy

Maria Otero serves as the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. I was glad to see more than 200 people in the audience for a discussion... Read More

Putting 21st Century Statecraft Into Action

Tara Sonenshine serves as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. During the recent crisis in Libya and the events surrounding the online dissemination of a hateful video,... Read More

Secretary Clinton Recognizes Progress on Shared Responsibility for AIDS Response

Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Today at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Secretary Clintonspoke of the shared responsibility of the world to defeat... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Donahoe: Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association Adopted by Consensus in Human Rights Council

The United States is pleased to introduce a resolution on “The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association” for consideration and approval by this Council. We want to... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Donahoe on Business and Human Rights

The United States is pleased to co-sponsor and join consensus on the important issue of business and human rights, including the implementation of the Guiding Principles as a framework for... Read More

Freedom of Expression

Click here for *NEW* Remarks, Resources and Policy References on Freedom of Expression "I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video.  And the... Read More

Remarks from Secretary Clinton at U.N. Roundtable on Water Security

Thank you very, very much, Maria, and I am delighted to be able to join you for this meeting. Sometimes when you look at the busy schedule of the UN... Read More

Remarks from Assistant Secretary Jacobson at the Community of Democracies Governing Council

Thank you. It is a pleasure to be here today with so many leaders who share a commitment to advancing democracy worldwide. This is a moment of great importance for... Read More

Remarks from Secretary Clinton at U.N. Heads of State Luncheon

Secretary General, heads of state, excellencies: on behalf of President Obama and our government, let me again warmly welcome you here on behalf of the host country. And let me... Read More

Fact Sheet: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves' Progress

The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Year Two Progress Report In honor of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ second anniversary, the United States is... Read More

A Robust Civil Society is Necessary for Cambodia’s Advancement

Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the SR for Cambodia Human Rights Council 21st Session Madame President, The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur, Professor Surya Subedi, for his presentation today... Read More

Statement at Human Rights Council: Robust International Frameworks Exist to Combat Racism

Item 9: Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent Madame President: The United States condemns racism of any kind, for any purpose, by any... Read More


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