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Keynote Speech at USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Forum

Delivered in Arabic via English translator. Thank you so much. Good morning everybody. This is the morning of dignity, of justice, of equality, and good government. (Translator:) Dignity and freedom... Read More

Statement from Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal on Recent Events in Hungary

The United States places great importance on combating anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination around the world, and it is my job to vigilantly monitor anti-Semitic acts and discourse. Recently,... Read More

Secretary Clinton on World Refugee Day

The United States joins the international community in commemorating the courage and determination of millions of refugees around the globe. The United States is strongly committed to protecting and assisting... Read More

President Obama on the G20 Summit and Syria

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to begin by thanking my good friend and partner, President Calderon, and the people of Los Cabos and Mexico for their outstanding hospitality and leadership. Mexico... Read More

World Refugee Day and Naturalization Ceremony

Thank you for that kind introduction and for inviting me to speak to you today. It is so good to be back home, here in Jacksonville. As we gather here... Read More

By Making Moscow a Normal Trading Partner, Congress Would Create American Jobs and Advance Human Rights

The following op-ed written by Secretary Clinton is appearing in print in the Wall Street Journal and online at Wall Street Journal: Later this summer, Russia will join the World... Read More

Ambassador Rice at a Security Council Briefing on Peacekeeping Operations

AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. First let me thank all of the Force Commanders, as well as the men and women under their command, for their service and dedication.... Read More

President Obama on World Refugee Day

On this World Refugee Day, the United States joins the international community in recognizing the nearly 15 million refugees worldwide, and millions more internally displaced people. We honor the dignity,... Read More

Ambassador Rice on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we are reminded of the courage and sacrifices of nearly 15 million refugees and the imperative of protecting civilians caught in conflict. When lives are disrupted... Read More

2012 Trafficking in Persons Report Release

The 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report is Now Available   Remarks and Archived Video from the Release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report will be Available Soon   Secretary... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Mosque Attack in the West Bank

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s provocative attack on a mosque in the West Bank village of Kfar Jabaa near Ramallah. Hateful, dangerous, and provocative actions... Read More

The Role of the Human Rights Council in Supporting the Practical Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect

(as prepared for delivery) The United States thanks the panel for its remarks as well as the core group of sponsors – Australia, Hungary, Nigeria, Thailand, and Uruguay – for... Read More

Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

(as delivered) Thank you, Madame President. The United States welcomes the focus on occupational health in the latest report from the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the... Read More

Ambassador CdeBaca Briefing on 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report

MR. VENTRELL: Hi. And good afternoon everyone, and thank you for joining us. I’m pleased to introduce Ambassador Luis CdeBaca who is our Ambassador-At-Large and Director of our Office to... Read More

U.S. Statement on the Report of Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions

(The following statement was prepared for delivery and put on the record of the 20th Session of the HRC, but could not be read aloud do to time constraints.) The... Read More

U.S. Honors the Role of a Free Press in Creating Sustainable Democracies, Prosperous Societies

Thank you, Madame President. The United States thanks Special Rapporteur La Rue for his laudable efforts to promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Special Rapporteur Heyns... Read More

Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Company on the Release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report

UNDER SECRETARY OTERO: Good afternoon, everyone. And welcome to the Department of State. It’s wonderful to have you all here. I want to especially welcome Will Smith and Jada Pinkett... Read More

Action on Syria, Belarus Among Top U.S. Priorities at 20th Human Rights Council Session

Thank you, Madame President. Thank you, Madame High Commissioner. The United States would once again like to thank the High Commissioner and your office for all the work that you... Read More

U.S. Embassy Moscow Statement on June Visit by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia conducted a productive working visit to Moscow from June 13th to the 15th with his counterpart on... Read More

President Obama and President Putin of Russia After Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, this has been our second meeting. I remember our lengthy meeting we had in Moscow. Today we had a very meaningful and subject-oriented discussion. ... Read More


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