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Secretary Clinton on Preventing Mass Atrocities

Today, in a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, President Obama made clear that the United States is taking concrete steps to prevent mass atrocities, protect civilians, and ensure that... Read More

Mitigating and Eliminating the Threat to Civilians Posed by the Lord's Resistance Army (Fact Sheet)

Today, President Obama announced that the United States will continue the deployment of a small number of U.S. military advisors to assist Uganda and other regional forces pursuing the Lord’s... Read More

Secretary Clinton on America and the World

MR. STEINBERG: Well, Madam Secretary, welcome to Syracuse and Syracuse University. When we worked together, you told me often how much you appreciated the affection you had for people here... Read More

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Rice after the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2043 on Syria

The United States has voted in favor of resolution 2043 authorizing the establishment of a UN supervision mission in Syria, but we are sober about the risks, all the more... Read More

Ambassador Rice on Designations by the Iran Sanctions (1737) Committee

The United States welcomes the April 18 decision by the UN Security Council's Iran Sanctions (1737) Committee to impose sanctions on two individuals and one company involved in Iranian arms... Read More

Multi-Ethnic Heritage from U.S. Perspective and Tolerance for Difference

Hello, LABDIEN (Laab-Dee-en)! My name is Hannah Rosenthal, and I am the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State. In Latvian, envoy means “Īpašā... Read More

A Discussion on Youth Unemployment with Special Representative Shailor and Executive Director Salazar-Xirinachs

Special Representative on International Labor Affairs, Barbara Shailor, was joined by Dr. Jose Manual Salazar-Xirinachs, the Executive Director of the Employment Section of the International Labor Organization, to discuss youth... Read More

UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 - Report on the First Meeting of Experts

At the invitation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, representatives of 26 governments and four international organizations met in Washington, D.C. on December 12-14, 2011 to discuss the implementation of... Read More

Community of Democracies Appoints First Secretary-General

I was pleased to learn that the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies (CD) unanimously selected Sweden’s Ambassador-at-Large for Democracy, Maria Leissner, as the CD’s first Secretary-General-Designate. Her appointment... Read More

'May Their Memory Be for a Blessing'

Hannah Rosenthal serves as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. On April 19, people all over the world will commemorate Yom Ha'Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Judaism, when we... Read More

Statement by the President on Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I join people of all faiths across the United States, in Israel and around the world in paying tribute to all who suffered in the... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Syria at Ad Hoc Ministerial Meeting

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Alain, thank you for convening us and hosting us.  I think we are all here out of a sense of great frustration and outrage over what we... Read More

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Honors Holocaust Victims and Survivors at Pentagon

Thank you Secretary Mabus. Minister Barak, distinguished guests, members of the DoD family: Thank you all for taking the time to come together on this day of remembrance of one... Read More

Free the Press Campaign Briefing

For more information, visit the Free the Press campaign on HumanRights.gov.   MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone.  I’d like to alert our colleagues on the phone that we’re about to begin... Read More

Ambassador Rice at U.N. on Cote d'Ivoire, Syria and North Korea

Ambassador Rice: As you know the Security Council today held consultations to discuss the Cote d’Ivoire sanctions regime. The purpose of the consultations today was to consider the impact of... Read More

Open Government Partnership: First High Level Meeting

“We pledge to be more transparent at every level – because more information on government activity should be open, timely, and freely available to the people. We pledge to engage... Read More

Examining the U.S. Policy Response to Entrenched African Leadership

Good afternoon Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Isakson, and members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. It is always an honor to have the... Read More

Concern Over Increasing Infringements on Freedom of Assembly in Swaziland

The United States government is deeply concerned about increasing infringements on freedom of assembly, as evidenced by the recent actions taken by Swazi security forces to prevent peaceful citizens from... Read More

On the Release of Political Prisoners in Belarus

The United States notes the release of former Belarusian presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau and his campaign manager Zmitser Bandarenka. This, coupled with previous releases, represents a significant step. We urge... Read More

President Obama at the Summit of the Americas Opening Plenary, April 14, 2012

As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you, President Santos, for welcoming us here today and for your leadership in bringing our nations together. Thank you to you, Foreign Minister Holguin... Read More


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