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Press Briefing with Assistant Secretary Blake on U.S. Policy in South and Central Asia

MODERATOR: Welcome, everyone. We’re so glad to have Assistant Secretary Blake from the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs with us this afternoon. I’m going to turn the briefing... Read More

Statement by President Obama on the Agreement between Sudan and South Sudan

I welcome the historic agreement that was reached today between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan on a number of critical issues. This agreement breaks new... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Bohlen at OSCE Session on Rule of Law and Human Rights

Session 5 - Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Rule of Law II: Capital Punishment; Prevention of Torture; and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism The prohibition against torture is a fundamental precept... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Rice on Sudan–South Sudan Agreements

We welcome the important agreements signed today between Sudan and South Sudan. The understandings reached on security, oil, financial, nationality and trade issues testify to courageous leadership on both sides... Read More

Statement by Secretary Clinton on Sudan and South Sudan Agreements

I applaud today's agreements between Sudan and South Sudan on security, oil, financial, nationality, and trade issues. This is a critical step toward the peaceful resolution of the outstanding issues,... Read More

USAID Administrator Shah on Progress on Millennium Development Goals

This is an exciting and important time for development. We’re beginning to see incredible results taking shape—results that aren’t just impacting individuals or communities, but entire nations. El Salvador has... Read More

Remarks from USAID Administrator Shah at Ensuring Resilient Livelihoods Event

It is a pleasure to join you today, because I believe we have a real opportunity at this moment in development. For decades, our community has talked about the importance... Read More

Remarks from Secretary Clinton at Feed the Future Partnership with Civil Society

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to this event about Feed the Future and the work we are doing together. I am delighted to be here with someone whom I admire... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Aid to Yemen

Yemen has experienced a significant transformation over the past year and is charting a path to democracy. A successful democratic transition will require Yemen to overcome a number of serious,... Read More

Video Remarks from President Obama and Secretary Clinton on Freedom of Expression

President Obama and Secretary Clinton on Freedom of Expression This video was produced by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs in September 2012. It features Secretary of State... Read More

Live at State Video: Deputy Assistant Secretary Dan Bear takes Questions on Freedom of Expression

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Dan Baer takes questions on the U.S. position on freedom of expression. MR. BUFFINGTON: Welcome to Live at State, the State Department’s... Read More

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


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