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Under Secretary Maria Otero's Remarks Before the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council

Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

2012-03-02

When the United States joined the UN Human Rights Council two years ago, we set forth four values that would guide our work in this body: universality, dialogue, principle, and... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe on the Human Rights Council Resolution

We urge all states to assist the Syrian people in their time of need as they struggle to realize their aspirations for universal human rights.

U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

2012-03-01

The outcome of today’s vote at the Human Rights Council speaks for itself. It sends a forceful message about the international community’s outrage at the ongoing human rights violations and... Read More

Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer Remarks at the High Level Session of the Community of Democracies Governing Council

By their nature, successful democracies are always engaged in a perpetual process of self-improvement.

Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer, Bureau of International Organizations

2012-03-01

The United States is grateful to Mongolia for its continuing leadership of the Community of Democracies. I had the opportunity to work with the Community when it was taking shape... Read More

U.S. Committed to Ensuring Full Participation of Persons With Disabilities in Public Life

These agreements, which were pursued after problems with compliance were raised, recognize that non-discriminatory access to public programs and facilities is a civil right, and that individuals with disabilities must have the opportunity to participate in local government programs, services and activities on an equal basis with others.

2012-03-01

The United States welcomes the submission of the thematic study by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which highlights important issues affecting participation in political and public... Read More

Ambassador Kelly’s Response on Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue in Brussels

Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

2012-03-01

The United States welcomes Ambassador Kypreos to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his comprehensive report. We welcome the positive results of the most recent round of the Belgrade-Pristina... Read More

Statement By Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson On the Violence along the Sudan-South Sudan Border

The actions of both parties are inflaming conflict, fuelling mistrust, and imperiling the efforts of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel to facilitate agreements between the parties on outstanding Comprehensive Peace Agreement issues.

2012-03-01

The United States is alarmed over reports of aerial bombardments by the Sudan Armed Forces inside South Sudan. Such incidents are unacceptable and threaten to escalate tensions between the two... Read More

Ambassador Kelly at OSCE on Human Rights Situation in Belarus

The United States joins the EU and its member states in calling on Belarus to end its repression of civil society and the democratic opposition.

2012-03-01

The United States remains deeply concerned about serious violations of human rights, fundamental freedoms and rule of law in Belarus. We are extremely disappointed with the politically-motivated conviction of Syarhei... Read More

Ambassador Kelly at OSCE on Conviction of Former Minister in Ukraine

Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

2012-03-01

Like the European Union, the United States is disappointed by the February 27 conviction of former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko. We have voiced our concerns about selective, politically-motivated persecutions in... Read More

Ambassador Kelly at OSCE on Human Rights Situation in Belarus

Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

2012-03-01

The United States remains deeply concerned about serious violations of human rights, fundamental freedoms and rule of law in Belarus. We are extremely disappointed with the politically-motivated conviction of Syarhei... Read More

Community of Democracies Working to Support Countries in Transition, Defend Civil Society

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, Head of U.S. Delegation to the Community of Democracies Meeting; Maria Leissner Ambassador, for Democracy, Sweden; Suren Badral, Ambassador-at-Large to the Community of Democracies, Mongolia

2012-03-01

Dr. Tillemann: Good afternoon, and thank you all very much for being here. We are here for, as was mentioned, a meeting of the Governing Council of the Community of... Read More

The Syria Crisis and its Implications

Assistant Secretary Jeffrey D. Feltman, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs

Opening Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, D.C.

2012-03-01

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FELTMAN: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Chairman Kerry, Ranking Member Lugar, distinguished members of the committee, thank you for holding this important hearing. I appeared before your... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe: As Governments We Must Protect the Fundamental Freedoms of Our Citizens Online

As governments, we must protect the fundamental freedoms of our citizens online so that information technologies support progress instead of facilitate repression.

2012-02-29

Thank you, Mr. Vice President, We thank the Swedish delegation and the other co-sponsors for organizing this panel, and the esteemed panelists for their insights on this increasingly relevant topic. ... Read More

Combating Xenophobia

Human Rights First, Washington, D.C.

David M. Robinson, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

2012-02-29

“Xenophobia is always personal. It seeks out and attacks the people who most need compassion. It isolates and oppresses the people who most need justice. And it exposes and crushes... Read More

Readout of Assistant Secretary Feltman’s Meeting with Syrian Chargé d’Affaires Zuheir Jabbour

Jeffrey D. Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

2012-02-29

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman met today with Syrian Chargé d’Affaires Zuheir Jabbour at the Department of State to express our outrage over the... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Donahoe at the Panel on Freedom of Expression on the Internet

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council

2012-02-29

Thank you, Mr. Vice President, We thank the Swedish delegation and the other co-sponsors for organizing this panel, and the esteemed panelists for their insights on this increasingly relevant topic. ... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Rice on Syria’s Denial of U.N. Official's Travel to Syria

The Assad regime's callous disregard for the needs of its people is not surprising, but it is reprehensible.

2012-02-29

It is shameful that the Syrian government has denied UN Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos admission to Syria, as promised. The Under-Secretary-General should have been able to negotiate urgently needed humanitarian access... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Rice At the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

2012-02-29

Thank you, Madame Chair. It is a great pleasure to join you today at the Commission on the Status of Women to speak about why the empowerment of rural women... Read More

Assistant Secretary Blake Interviewed by Mohamed Afrah of TV Maldives

Robert O. Blake, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; Mohamed Afrah, TV Maldives

2012-02-29

MR. AFRAH: Mr. Blake, Mohamed Afrah from TV Maldives. Good to talk to you after some time. ASSISTANT SECRETARY BLAKE: Thank you, it’s a pleasure to join you. MR. AFRAH:... Read More

U.S Special Advisor for International Disability Rights visits Jordan

U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan

2012-02-29

Translation:عربي The State Department’s Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann, arrived in Jordan last night on a seven-day visit to attend the launch of a civil society report... Read More

Statement by Esther Brimmer U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

Syrian women, men, and children face murder and starvation at the hands of their own government, simply because they demand respect for the universal human rights this Council exists to protect and advance.

2012-02-28

Madame President, the United States joins the many other nations gathered today, to again demand an end to the Assad government’s outrageous and ongoing crimes against the people of Syria,... Read More



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