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Statement by Spokesperson Nuland on the Accomplishments at the Human Rights Council 21st Session

The United States commends the important achievements of the Human Rights Council in promoting and protecting human rights during its recently concluded 21st session. Early in the session, the United... Read More

Statement by Spokesperson Nuland on the Capture of Kismayo in Somalia from al-Shabaab

The United States welcomes the capture of the strategic port city of Kismayo by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers and Somali forces. Al-Shabaab’s departure from Kismayo demonstrates continued... Read More

Remarks from Ambassador Rice at U.N. Security Council Debate on Haiti

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Representative Fernandez for your briefing. Before I begin, I’d like to congratulate Guatemala on assuming the Presidency of the Security... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Bohlen on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Session 14 - OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Tolerance and nondiscrimination: Prevention and responses to hate crimes in the OSCE area; Combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination, also focusing on intolerance... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Bohlen on Democratic Election at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Sesssion 15 - OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Democratic Institutions including Democratic Elections AS DELIVERED The conduct of democratic elections requires not only transparent management of polling, but also an... Read More

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Richard at the 63th Executive Committee Meetings of UNHCR

Mr. Chairman, I’m very pleased to be in Geneva leading the United States delegation to the 63rd Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR. As this is the first time... Read More

U.S. Statement on Protection in UNHCR Executive Committee

Thank you, Madame Chairman. Protection is hard work. As the Assistant High Commissioner noted, it is not becoming easier. Populations of concern to UNHCR are near all-time highs. There... Read More

Remarks from Under Secretary Sonenshine on the Impact of Social Media

Remarks for Pacific Council on International Policy AS DELIVERED Thank you Ernie, for that introduction. And my special thanks to the Pacific Council for hosting me, and the Southern California... Read More

Statement by Secretary Clinton on Georgian Elections

The United States congratulates the citizens of Georgia on their peaceful and active participation in yesterday’s parliamentary elections. This was an historic day for all Georgians and for Georgia’s democratic... Read More

Remarks from Scholar Nida Gelazis at OSCE Session on National Minority Rights

Session 12 - OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Rights of persons belonging to national minorities, including: National minorities; Preventing aggressive nationalism, racism and chauvinism AS DELIVERED An esteemed OSCE institution,... Read More

Secretary Clinton Hosts the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning, and let me welcome all of you to the State Department, to the Benjamin Franklin Room, for the launch of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission. I want... Read More

Remarks from Secretary Clinton at the Forum on Small States

AS DELIVERED Thank you very much, Foreign Minister, and thanks also to the Secretary General and the UN General Assembly President for their remarks and for their leadership. I’m delighted... Read More

Statement by Secretary Clinton on UN Resolution on Freedoms of Association, Assembly

AS PREPARED Adoption of Human Rights Council Resolution on Freedom of Association and of Assembly On Friday, the UN Human Rights Council recognized the critical importance of the freedom of... Read More

Statement by Spokesperson Nuland on the Conviction of Mam Sonando

We are deeply concerned by the conviction and harsh sentence of Mam Sonando, a Cambodian independent broadcaster. Today the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison... Read More

Statement by Ambassador at Large Johnson Cook and USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett on Freedom of Belief

Session 10 - OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief AS DELIVERED At the annual White House Iftar dinner, President Obama observed that freedom of... Read More

Statement by MPAC President Al-Marayati on Freedom of Religion at OSCE Meeting

Session 11 - OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief AS DELIVERED I am honored to address this body as a public member representing the... Read More

Notice Regarding Possibility of NGO use of Commercial Satellite Imagery

The U.S. State Department can share USG-purchased commercial satellite imagery with approved recipients under certain conditions and Departmental clearance on an individual case-by-case basis. The Department’s ability to facilitate commercial... Read More

Secretary Clinton Announces More Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Crisis

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced September 28 in New York that the United States is providing nearly $30 million more in humanitarian assistance to help those affected by... Read More

U.S. Ambassador Norland Congratulates the Georgian People

We support the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission, believing that this election genuinely reflects the will of the Georgian people. We note that the final tabulation and appeals... Read More

Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the Georgian Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Georgia for the successful completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, and the achievement of another milestone in Georgia’s democratic development. Georgian citizens have set... Read More


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