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Statement on Byalyatski Appeal in Belarus

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

The United States Representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Ian Kelly


Like the European Union, the United States strongly condemns the Minsk City Court’s failure to overturn Ales Byalyatski’s November 24 conviction and sentence. We reiterate our earlier condemnation of the... Read More

Statement by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner in Cairo, Egypt

U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

Assistant Secretary Michael Posner


See also Assistant Secretary Posner's Question and Answer Session in Cairo, Egypt. Statements by Secretary Clinton: Civil Society: Supporting Democracy in the 21st Century Clinton Defends Civil Society, Internet Freedom... Read More

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Wave of Arrests, Harassment, and Death Sentences in Iran

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland


We are deeply concerned by the alarming increase in the Iranian regime’s efforts to extinguish all forms of free expression and limit its citizens’ access to information in the lead-up... Read More

State Department Appoints Kimberley Process Chair

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland


Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez is pleased to announce that Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic will serve as Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2012. The Kimberley... Read More

Q&A in Egypt with Assistant Secretary Michael Posner

Cairo, Egypt

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


See also: Statement by Assistant Secretary Posner in Egypt Question: Your view of the transmission of power from the SCAF now rather than at the end of June? The second... Read More

Guinea: Status of Legislative Elections

Question Taken at the January 26, 2012 Daily Press Briefing


Question: Do we have a comment on the democratic process in Guinea which has been lagging behind, as efforts to hold legislative elections have yet to succeed? Do we have... Read More

Statement by the Secretary on the Democratic Conditions in Nicaragua

Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


The final report of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) election observation mission to Nicaragua supports the democratic aspirations of the Nicaraguan people and expresses many of the concerns we... Read More

Statement by the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero

Washington, DC

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights and U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero


Translations available: 中文   |   عربي As United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, I am gravely concerned by reports of violence and continuing heightened tensions in Tibetan areas of China, including reports... Read More

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


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