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Statement on Elections in the United States

The United States knows that much of the world, including participating States assembled here, have taken a keen interest in our elections this year. As an open democracy, we are... Read More

Response to ODIHR Report on the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Thank you, Ambassador Lenarčič, for your comprehensive report on the 2012 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting.  The United States strongly supports ODIHR, which has earned its place as the key institution... Read More

Statement on ODIHR’s Ability to Fulfill its Programmatic Activities in 2012

The United States is concerned that ODIHR will not be able to fulfill its proposed activities for 2012 – including in election observation – due to resource limitations this year.... Read More

Statement on Expulsion of UN Human Rights Investigator in South Sudan

We are deeply concerned about the Republic of South Sudan’s decision to order a Human Rights Officer working for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to depart the... Read More

Democracy In Focus - Elections

Election Resources and Policy References on HumanRights.gov Observing the U.S. Elections at our Posts Around the World Around the world, from Ashgabat to Zagreb, U.S. embassies and consulates celebrated democracy... Read More

Response to Municipal Elections in Nicaragua

The U.S. government is concerned that the municipal elections conducted Sunday, November 4, in Nicaragua failed to demonstrate a degree of transparency that would assure Nicaraguans and the international community... Read More

Statement on Attack on Congolese Human Rights Activist

The United States calls on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate thoroughly the events of the October 25 attack on Dr. Denis Mukwege, of Panzi... Read More

Secretary Clinton Underscores U.S. Commitment to the Balkans

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently concluded a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, and Albania. The Secretary's visit to the Balkans demonstrated U.S. commitment and support... Read More

Statement by Spokesperson Nuland on Formation of Libyan Government

The United States congratulates the Libyan people on the formation of a government. This is a critical milestone in their democratic transition. We encourage the country’s leaders to build democratic... Read More

State Department on Impeachment of Sri Lankan Chief Justice

Impeachment Proceedings Brought Against Sri Lankan Chief Justice The United States is concerned by actions taken to impeach Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. We also note with concern recent... Read More

Remarks on Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections

AS PREPARED I am very pleased to be able to discuss the Ukrainian elections before such a distinguished audience, and would like to extend my thanks to the Kennan Institute... Read More

Women Moving Forward in Guatemala

As diplomats, one of our most important functions is to get to know the people of our host country. What do they think about what's happening in the world? How... Read More

UPR 14th Session - Intervention for Peru

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 14th Session page. AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY The United States warmly welcomes H.E Dr. Henry Jose... Read More

Remarks by Secretary Clinton to Albanian Parliament on Bilateral Relationship

I am delighted to be here and to have this opportunity to speak before this parliament of a free, independent, sovereign, democratic Albania. (Applause.) Mr. President, Madam Speaker, Mr. Prime... Read More

U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States Government is concerned that the conduct of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine constituted a step backwards from the progress made during previous parliamentary... Read More

U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Russia's Amendments to Treason Law

Statement on the Amendments to the Treason Law in the Russian Federation Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States notes its concern regarding amendments to the treason and state secrets... Read More

U.S. Response to Head of OSCE Mission to Skopje

Response to the Report by Ambassador Ralf Breth, Head of Mission, OSCE Mission to Skopje Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States welcomes Ambassador Breth to the Permanent Council, and... Read More

U.S. Response at OSCE to Armenian Envoy Hovakimian

Response to Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Ashot Hovakimian Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We welcome our former colleague, Deputy Foreign Minister Hovakimian, back to the Permanent Council. The United States... Read More

Helping Refugee Children In Kenya

It is hard to be a refugee, but I think it must be even more difficult to be a refugee child, trying to learn and grow and enjoy childhood despite... Read More

UPR 14th Session - Intervention for Japan

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 14th Session page. AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY The United States welcomes Ambassador Hideaki and the delegation... Read More


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