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Summary of Assistant Secretary Posner’s Remarks at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Excerpts from Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael H. Posner’s remarks at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights I want to say a... Read More

Presidential Proclamation - International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012

Americans have always understood that each of us is entitled to a set of fundamental freedoms and protections under the law, and that when everyone gets a fair shot at... Read More

Fact Sheet: Business and Human Rights

“This administration understands that in the 21st century, governments are not the only major players. Corporations, NGOs, private citizens, and civil society groups shape events and developments across the globe. ... Read More

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Guiding Principles), endorsed by the United Nation (UN) Human Rights Council on June 16, 2011 with strong U.S. government support, are the... Read More

The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (Voluntary Principles) is a multi-stakeholder initiative (MSI) involving governments, companies, and non-governmental organizations that promotes implementation of a set... Read More

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Borisov of Bulgaria

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome Prime Minister Borisov to the White House, and his delegation from Bulgaria. I have to say at the outset that Bulgaria has proven... Read More

Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom to Speak at London Conference

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom, will head the U.S. delegation to a conference on implementing UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, an initiative... Read More

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Reports of Declining Health of Jailed Iranian Human Rights Defender

We are deeply troubled by reports of the rapidly declining health of jailed Iranian human rights defender and 2012 Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh. Iranian officials have denied Sotoudeh, a... Read More

Remarks on Protecting Religious Freedom in Muslim World

Thank you to President Nick Carter, Andover Newton Theological School, First Baptist Church, and to the organizers of the Second National Baptist-Muslim Dialogue. And thank you to all of our... Read More

The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent, and Participatory Internet

On the eve of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), we believe that it is the right time to reaffirm the U.S. government's commitment to the multi-stakeholder model as... Read More

Response to the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

The United States warmly welcomes the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his address. Dr. Ihsanoglu, we appreciate your interest... Read More

Response to the Report of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic

The United States once again welcomes OSCE Special Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic to the Permanent Council and thanks her for her thorough report. Representative Mijatovic, we... Read More

U.S.-ASEAN Symposium on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Sixty-four years ago, against the backdrop of the horrible atrocities committed during World War II, a group of dedicated individuals stood together to lay out a framework for the acknowledgement... Read More

Fact Sheet on the U.S. Government's Work in Haiti: Gender-based Violence

Addressing Challenges Gender-based violence (GBV) is a chronic problem in Haiti. The risk of violence and sexual exploitation against women and girls, exacerbated by political instability and the economic crises,... Read More

Remarks by Secretary Clinton And Georgian Foreign Minister Panjikidze Before Their Meeting

Secretary Clinton: I’m delighted to welcome the new Georgian Foreign Minister here to Washington. This is the 20th anniversary of our diplomatic relations and we are very much looking forward... Read More

Maintaining an Open, Consumer-Driven, and Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Telecommunications

As never before in human history, we take for granted the ability to communicate across borders, oceans, and continents. Mobile technology and Internet connectivity are woven into the daily life... Read More

Remarks at the Foreign Policy Group's "Transformational Trends 2013" Forum

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, David, and I’ll look forward to seeing your Ellen DeGeneres imitation. I’m very pleased to be here, and I want to thank all of... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Russia's Law on Nongovernmental Organizations

The United States notes with concern that, effective December 1, all domestic nongovernmental organizations (or NGOs) in the Russian Federation that accept foreign contributions and engage in broadly defined “political... Read More

Statement on Tragic Fire in Bangladesh

This past Saturday, Bangladesh suffered one of the worst industrial accidents in its history. A devastating fire swept through the Tazreen Fashion garment factory, killing more than 100 and injuring... Read More

Planes, Barges, and Trucks in South Sudan

Traveling to visit refugees, one expects to see and hear certain things. I recently visited a refugee camp in South Sudan, however, and it was the unexpected things I found... Read More


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