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U.S. Response to OSCE Committee Chairs

Translated: English Русский عربي We welcome to the Permanent Council today the chairs of the three committees. Gentlemen, you have offered us useful, optimistic reports of the work that we... Read More

Cote d’Ivoire’s Engagement with HRC’s Mechanisms Contribute Positively to the Task of Reconciliation

Madame President, The United States thanks the Independent Expert on Human Rights Doudou Diene for his work in Cote d’Ivoire. We also would like to acknowledge and thank President Ouattara... Read More

UPR Can Effect Real Change Around the World

Madame Chair, The United States believes the Universal Periodic Review has the potential to effect real change in countries throughout the world. Therefore, when it came time for our national... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Syria and Afghanistan, with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zalmai Rassoul

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning, everyone. I am very pleased to welcome back to the State Department Foreign Minister Rassoul. He and I have worked closely together for several years. We... Read More

Situation in Syria: More Images

For the latest statements from US officials on Syria, and a note from Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, see Situation in Syria. New Images Posted June 28, 2012 Map: Numbers... Read More

WH Blog: On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People

On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People In a video message earlier today, President Obama sent his best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz. Nowruz is a... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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


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