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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


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


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.


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

Senior Advisor Paula Uribe Addresses LGBT Issues in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Bridgetown, Barbados

Paula Uribe, Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department


As Senior Advisor at the Department of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, I help shape U.S. policy by advising on human rights issues that particularly affect vulnerable populations, such as... Read More

Assistant Secretary Brimmer and Ambassador Donahoe Speak with Press during UN Human Rights Council Debate on Syria

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs; Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council


Assistant Secretary Brimmer: Thank you. It’s great to be here in Geneva, back at the Human Rights Council. As we saw today the world has gathered to call attention to... Read More

USAID to Launch New Gender Policy on March 1st

USAID Press Office


On Thursday, March 1st, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah and Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg will be joined by Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior... Read More

Support for the People of Syria

United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer


Dr. Esther Brimmer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. Earlier today, I spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where I joined many... Read More

Government of Belarus Request that EU Head of Delegation and Polish Ambassador Return to Capitals

Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson


The United States notes with deep regret the Government of Belarus’ decision to request that the EU Head of Delegation and Polish Ambassador to Belarus return to their capitals for... Read More

Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson: Observing Elections in Senegal

It was evident that despite the turbulence of the past few weeks, the intemperate rhetoric, and unfortunate violence, the people of this country have a deep and abiding respect for democracy.


Since its independence, Senegal has been one of America's strongest and most consistent friends in francophone West Africa. Our relationship has been based on a shared set of principles and... Read More

USAID Launches New Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

The Center will propel the core agenda of USAID Forward, the Agency's ambitious reform effort, by creating and applying an evidence-based approach carried out through its global partnerships, cutting-edge innovation, and relentless focus on what drives results.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development unveiled its Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance today. Administrator Rajiv Shah, Deputy Assistant Administrator Don Steinberg and... Read More

Remarks With Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani After Their Meeting

Moroccans are strengthening their own democracy. Young people are having a say in their own future. His Majesty King Mohammed VI has begun the process of reform. We see women’s rights protected and expanded, a more transparent and accountable government, establishing the Arab world’s very first truth commission on human rights.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


FOREIGN MINISTER AL-OTHMANI: (In Arabic.) SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Minister, for the warm words and the gracious welcome. It is wonderful to be back in Rabat. So much... Read More

Secretary Clinton Answers Questions about Syria

Rabat, Morocco


Interview With Samira Sitail of 2M QUESTION: I said earlier that you were in Nigeria, but before that, you were in Tunisia for – you took part in the meeting... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Youth

Tunis, Tunisia

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


Translated: English | 中文 | فارسی | عربي | Русский | Français | Português See also: Overview of U.S. Economic Assistance to Tunisia MODERATOR: We are very proud of the... Read More

Overview of U.S. Economic Assistance to Tunisia

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson


As Tunisia’s brave citizens chart a new democratic future, they continue to set an example for the region and the world. The United States remains committed to working with the... Read More

Statement by President Obama on Yemen’s Transition to President Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi

President Barack Obama


Just over one year ago, thousands of men and women gathered in city squares across Yemen to demand a government that was responsive to their democratic aspirations. The determination and... Read More

Secretary Clinton Following Her Meeting with Tunisian President Marzouki

Presidential Palace, Tunis, Tunisia

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


SECRETARY CLINTON: I just had an excellent meeting with the president, the foreign minister, and other officials of the Tunisian Government. And I think the message is one that I... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks at Civil Society Roundtable

Chief of Mission Residence, Algiers, Algeria

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you, Ambassador, for inviting us into your home for this very important meeting. I am honored to meet with leaders from Algeria’s civil society who are... Read More

Secretary of State Clinton's Intervention at the Friends of the Syrian People Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State


SECRETARY CLINTON: I want to thank Tunisia for hosting this meeting today and I salute the Arab League for its leadership throughout this crisis. I want to particularly applaud the... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Syria

The international community agreed to take a number of concrete steps that will help begin providing humanitarian relief to the Syrian people, increase the pressure on Assad and those around him, and prepare for the democratic transition.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


Press availability in Tunis, Tunisia SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good evening, everyone. Good evening. It’s been a very, very long and productive day. And I want to commend, once again, the... Read More

First Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People

Chairman's Conclusions of the International Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People


1. The first meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People (“the Friends’ Group”), was held in Tunis on 24 February 2012, with the participation of more than... Read More


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