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Patrick Merloe on Democratic elections and electoral observation

( As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 8 ) It has been often stated that elections in and of themselves do not a democracy... Read More

Patrick Merloe on Democratic elections and electoral observation part II

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 9) Democratic elections are not just about how polling is conducted on Election Day. It is possible for... Read More

White House Statement on the Conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

The United States condemns the conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people. That... Read More

Deputy Spokesperson Toner on the Sentencing of 20 Medical Professionals in Bahrain

We are deeply disturbed by the sentencing today of 20 medical professionals by the National Safety Court in Bahrain. We understand that the cases can be appealed and transferred to... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru After Their Meeting

(Remarks delivered at the Treaty Room at the Department of State) SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. I am very pleased to have the foreign minister of Nigeria here, and I... Read More

Kathleen Newland on Freedom of Movement

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 6) Under the Helsinki Final Act and the 1990 Copenhagen Document participating States commit “to fully respect the... Read More

Kathleen Newland on Freedom of Movement part II

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 7) Freedom of movement, broadly speaking, is grounded in a number of specific international commitments. Before saying a... Read More

Secretrary Clinton's Interview With Sharif Amer of Al-Hayat TV

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, we’re really pleased to have you here and honored to have you on our show, Al-Hayat Al-Youm, and it’s exciting times in Washington, it’s exciting times even... Read More

Nelson Mandela and the Transformative Power of Tolerance and Reconciliation

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America during a Panel on Mandela / Tolerance and Reconciliation Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to the excellent and... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland: Call for Peaceful Demonstrations in Guinea

The United States calls on those who will gather to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragic 2009 pro-democracy demonstration in Conakry Stadium to do so peacefully, as violence undermines... Read More

Undersectretary Otero's Remarks at the International Right to Know Day Celebration

Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be here with you all for the celebration of International Right to Know Day. As you have heard, I am Maria Otero, the U.S.... Read More

Secertary Clinton's Remarks With Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr After Their Meeting

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. It is a great pleasure to welcome the foreign minister here to the State Department for our first official bilateral meeting. We’ve spoken on the... Read More

Ambassador Johnson on Rule of Law: Legislative transparency, Independence of the judiciary, Right to a fair trial

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 4) The rule of law underpins all of our human dimension commitments. Today, we will focus on certain... Read More

Ambassador Efird on the Rule of Law, part II: Capital Punishment;Prevention of Torture; and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 5) The prohibition against torture is a fundamental precept of international law and a core OSCE commitment to... Read More

U.S. Statement on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Thank you, Madame President. The United States is profoundly committed to ending racism and racial discrimination. We remain fully and firmly committed to upholding the human rights of all people... Read More

Efforts to Combat Racism Must also Preserve Robust Freedom of Expression

Remarks delivered under Item 9: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, and the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent Thank you... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Opening Remarks to the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting) Thank you, Mr. Moderator. It is an honor and a pleasure to come to Warsaw for the annual Human... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns: Is There a Future for the U.S.-India Partnership?

Thank you, Strobe, for that kind introduction. I’m delighted to be back at Brookings for this important conference. And I’m especially delighted to be here with India’s new Ambassador to... Read More

Ambassador at Large Johnson Cook on Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 2) As President Obama has affirmed, “The United States stands with those who advocate for free religious expression... Read More

Ambassador Johnson on Freedom of Assembly and Association

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 3) The right to peaceful assembly and association are well-established rights, essential to any genuine, functioning democratic system.... Read More



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