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Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt’s Transition to Democracy

The White House Office of the Press Secretary


This week, Egypt achieved several historic milestones in its transition to democracy. Yesterday, democratically-elected representatives of the People’s Assembly met for the first time since Egypt’s revolution, and the Supreme... Read More

Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address

United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama


THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our... Read More

Ambassador Susan E. Rice addresses the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

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


Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Fernandez-Taranco, for your briefing. I will begin on a welcome, even hopeful, note. King Abdullah and the Jordanian government have taken... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Kenya International Criminal Court Charges

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland


Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed charges against four Kenyans for their alleged roles related to the deadly violence that swept Kenya following the disputed December 2007 Presidential election. ... Read More

Readout of the President’s call with Egyptian Field Marshal Tantawi

The White House Office of the Press Secretary


President Obama called Egyptian Field Marshal Tantawi today to reaffirm the close partnership between the United States and Egypt and to underscore the United States’ support for Egypt’s transition to ... Read More

American Values, Global Transformations: Democracy and Human Rights in the Obama Administration

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Washington D.C. Lawyers' Chapter

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael H. Posner


Thank you, Leonard, for that kind introduction. I also want to commend you for your outstanding service since 2007 on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. For the past... Read More

OSCE Statement to the Permanent Council on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

Ian Kelly, Ambassador to the Permanent Council


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the grave violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus, particularly those enshrined in OSCE commitments. ... Read More

Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo Addresses the U.N. Security Council Debate on International Criminal Justice and Rule of Law

Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations


Mr. President, we welcome this opportunity to join the discussion on "Justice and Rule of Law." As the Secretary General's October 2011 report makes clear, the rule of law and... Read More

Teaching Respect for All Launches Platforms for Building Respectful Communities

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs


Good afternoon and thank you. I am thrilled to be here today at the launch of the Teaching Respect for All Initiative. I am excited to be a part of... Read More

Internet Freedom and the Digital Earthquake of 2011

Remarks to the State of the Net Conference, Washington, DC

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael H. Posner


Thank you for inviting me. Actually, the truth is that I invited myself because I care so much about these issues. And Jerry Berman and Tim Lordan of the Congressional... Read More

Secretary's Remarks at the Youth and Community Leaders Reconciliation Roundtable in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State


SECRETARY CLINTON: First, let me say how honored I am to be here with all of you who are seeking reconciliation and finding common ground. I want to thank Mr.... Read More

Secretary of State and President of Cote d’Ivoire Discuss Peace, Security and Development


PRESIDENT OUATTARA: (Via interpreter) Madam Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, first of all, on behalf of the Government and the people of Cote d’Ivoire, and also on my own behalf... Read More

Statement by Spokesperson on Parlimentary Elections in Kazakhstan

Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State


We welcome the monitoring of the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe delegations and acknowledge their preliminary... Read More

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Strongly Condemns the Attacks on Arbaeen Pilgrims near Basrah

Baghdad, Iraq

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq


The United States Embassy in Baghdad strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack near Basrah targeting innocent men, women, and children, including those who were commemorating the occasion of Arbaeen. The United... Read More

Release of Burmese Political Prisoners - Statement by President Obama

President Barack Obama


President Thein Sein’s decision to release hundreds of prisoners of conscience is a substantial step forward for democratic reform. Two months ago, I spoke with Aung San Suu Kyi and... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Burma

Washington, DC

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. When I visited Burma in December on behalf of President Obama and the United States, I encouraged authorities to continue along the path of reform. In... Read More

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

  • U.S. Department of State


    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

    U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland


    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

    Washington, DC

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani


    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

    Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State


    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


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