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Fact Sheet: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the United States

The United States firmly believes that a robust civil society—independent of state control or government involvement—is necessary for democracy to thrive. From the earliest days of U.S. history, civil society... Read More

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Mosque Attack in the West Bank, January 11, 2012

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s most recent vandalizing of a mosque, as well as the burning of three cars, in the West Bank village of... Read More

Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Qatari Prime Minister Al Thani on January 11, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, welcome, everyone, and Happy New Year. And it’s especially appropriate that I would start this new year with a meeting between myself and Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim,... Read More

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking

After first learning about human trafficking, many people want to help in some way but do not know how. Here are just a few ideas for your consideration. Learn human... Read More

Remarks to the U.N. Security Council Briefing on Somalia

Thank you, Madame President. We welcome you to the Council today as well as the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, and we thank you both for your statements. I would like... Read More

Interview by Deputy Secretary Burns with Anadolu News Agency

DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: I’m very pleased to be back in Turkey. President Obama and Secretary Clinton continue to attach very high priority to our partnership with Turkey. This is a... Read More

Egypt: Reaffirming Respect for All at Coptic Christmas

Jeffrey Feltman serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Over the course of my career as a United States diplomat, I've spent many a Christmas holiday in... Read More

Acquittal of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur has acquitted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. We welcome the closure of this long-running case, which we have followed closely. The ruling reflects favorably on... Read More

Interview by Assistant Secretary Feltman with Al Masree Al-Yom

Question: Tell me about your meetings here in Egypt. Assistant Secretary Feltman: I had a good series of meetings, joining our ambassador, Anne Patterson, for discussions with his Excellency the... Read More

Recent Violence in Bahrain

The United States is deeply concerned by continuing incidents of violence in Bahrain between police and demonstrators. Officials from the United States Embassy in Manama met today with human rights... Read More

Statement by the President on the Celebration of Coptic Christmas

Michelle and I wish Coptic Orthodox Christians in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous Christmas. On this special day, we give thanks for the extraordinary... Read More

Year in Review: Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

In her keynote remarks at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in early November, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paused to reflect on the last 12 months: "What a year 2011... Read More

Statement by Embassy Hanoi on the Detention of Bui Thi Minh Hang

The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by reports that Bui Thi Minh Hang has been sentenced without trial to up to two years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam for... Read More

Statements to the Press by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman following his meeting at the Arab League

Question: Would you please brief us on the meeting. Assistant Secretary Feltman: I am delighted to be back at the headquarters of the League of Arab States. It was an... Read More

Statements to the Press by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman following his meeting with Egyptian FM Amr

Question: Would you please brief us on the meeting. Assistant Secretary Feltman: It is an honor for me to be back in Cairo, back in Egypt, and to join Ambassador... Read More

America in Front: Clinton's Human Rights Day Speech

The following op-ed appeared in The National Interest on January 3, 2012 Since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Human Rights Day speech in Geneva last month, some have publicly wondered—and... Read More

Statement by U.S. Embassy Suva on the Lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations in Fiji

The United States welcomes the recent announcement by the Government of Fiji that it will lift the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) on January 7th. In concert with our regional partners,... Read More

Passing of Kiro Gligorov

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kiro Gligorov, the first president of the independent Republic of Macedonia. He was a patriot and true statesman. His commitment... Read More

Haiti's Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Haiti as you celebrate the 208th anniversary of your independence... Read More

Defense Secretary Panetta Urges Egyptian Military to Advance Democratic Process

Expressing "deep concern" about raids earlier this week on non-governmental organizations operating in Egypt, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta emphasized to the leader of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed... Read More


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