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Civil Society is Crucial to Protection and Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights

Agenda Item 8 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Charles O. Blaha, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action states, “Democracy is based on the freely expressed will of the people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and... Read More

President Obama on Marking Nowruz

President Barack Obama

2012-03-20

A link to the video can be found here in English, Persian, and Arabic. Today, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those who are celebrating Nowruz around... Read More

Fact Sheet: Licensing Policy on Internet Freedom in Iran

U.S. Department of Treasury, Press Center

2012-03-20

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today issued guidance and licensing information to further support the free flow of information to citizens... Read More

Assistant Secretary Feltman on the 7th Anniversary of the Cedar Revolution

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

2012-03-20

I want to thank all the Lebanese-American groups for organizing this event, and I appreciate seeing so many distinguished colleagues, guests, and friends – especially our elected representatives. It is... Read More

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America on Human Rights and HIV/AIDS

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Margaret Wang, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

The United States applauds the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying Global Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS, which builds on previous momentum and provides a framework for moving us toward greater... Read More

U.S. Strongly Supports Efforts to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

Item 9 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Kelly C. Landy, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

Madame President: The United States strongly supports the elimination of racial discrimination at home and abroad. U.S. history reflects lapses, challenges, struggles, and, encouragingly, ongoing progress. We continue to examine... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Reduction of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-20

I am pleased to announce that an initial group of eleven countries has significantly reduced their volume of crude oil purchases from Iran -- Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany,... Read More

Syria Q and A from White House Press Briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

2012-03-20

Excerpt from White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 3/19/12: Q. Thank you. On Syria, what is the next move for the U.S. there? The President has frequently... Read More

Ambassador Rice Discusses Syria, Libya and Other Human Rights Issues

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

2012-03-20

Excerpt from Testimony of Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, House Subcommittee on Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, March 20, 2012 In... Read More

Testimony of Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs - FY 2013 Budget Request

Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives

2012-03-20

Excerpts from the testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. See full testimony here. SUPPORTING STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND STRENGTHENING NATIONAL SECURITY We will continue to support the growth of... Read More

U.S. Urges HRC to Take Balanced, Constructive Approach to Human Rights in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

Item 7 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-19

Thank you, Madame President. The goal of the United States remains a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East. Ending the underlying conflict is vital to addressing the human... Read More

Remarks on the Detention of Members of the Damas de Blanco

NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor

2012-03-19

The detention of members of the Damas de Blanco this weekend in Havana in the lead up to Pope Benedict's visit underscores the disdain of Cuban authorities for the universal... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Festival of Nowruz

Secreary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-19

I am delighted to send best wishes to all those celebrating the festival of Nowruz. For over 3,000 years, Nowruz has been a time of hope for millions of people... Read More

Use of Iraqi Airspace by Iran for Arms Shipments to Syria (Taken Question)

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

2012-03-19

Question: Has the Embassy had discussions on this issue with the Government of Iraq? Answer: Ambassador Jeffrey discussed the issue of over-flights with senior most Iraqi officials over the weekend.... Read More

Secretary Clinton On the Passing of Pope Shenouda III

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-17

Today, Americans stand alongside Egyptians in offering our deepest condolences on the passing of Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church for more than... Read More

U.S. Implementation Plan for the 2010 Universal Periodic Review

2012-03-16

In 2010, the United States participated in the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. After careful review, the United States accepted in whole or in part 173... Read More

U.S. Disappointed in Zimbabwe’s Failure to Address Ongoing Human Rights Abuses

UPR Report Adoption Recommendations for Zimbabwe, Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva

Kelly Landry, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-16

The United States welcomes the return of the delegation of Zimbabwe to the Council as well as its decision to adopt 81 of the Working Group’s recommendations, including to combat... Read More

Secretary Clinton Chairs the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The White House, Washington, DC

2012-03-16

MS. JARRETT: Thank you. Welcome. Good morning, everyone. We want to welcome you to the White House for our annual President’s Task Force to Combat and Monitor Trafficking of Persons.... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Completion of First Cycle of Universal Periodic Review

Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-16

The adoption of a final group of country reports at the Human Rights Council today marks the completion of the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). As of... Read More

Universal Periodic Review Process Has Encouraged Participation by a Growing Number of Human Rights Advocates

Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

John Mariz, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-16

Thank you, Madame President. We join with other delegations in recognizing the overall success of the Universal Periodic Review process, particularly in light of the universal participation we achieved in... Read More



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