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Freedom Online—Preserving an Open Internet

Today in the Netherlands, 23 countries from every region in the world, including the United States, have come together with technology corporations and civil society organizations to make tangible progress... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on Human Rights Day

Today, we reaffirm our commitment to a 63-year-old declaration that the world’s people are “equal in dignity and rights”—words that have been fought for through the generations by heroes and... Read More

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Patrick S. Moon on International Human Rights Day

On Saturday, we celebrate Human Rights Day, the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. Secretary of State Hillary... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Internet Freedom (Video and Additional Resources)

Updated December 13, 2011: At the Freedom Online conference hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs December 8-9, fourteen countries endorsed a declaration pledging concrete actions in support of... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Internet Freedom - Transcript

See also: video of the speech and additional resources Well, good evening, and it’s wonderful to be back in The Hague. I want to thank my colleague and friend, Foreign... Read More

Hearing on the Coptic Christian Community in Egypt

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing on the Coptic Christian community in Egypt, and for inviting me to testify. My statement will address the continued discrimination and threats... Read More

Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights: Reflections on Secretary Clinton’s Remarks

Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a historic speech in Geneva, Switzerland entitled “Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights.” I was honored to be in the audience... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis at Security Council Debate on International Criminal Tribunals

Thank you, Mr. President. We wish to thank Tribunal Presidents Khan and Meron, and Prosecutors Jallow and Brammertz, for their briefings today. We also wish to congratulate President Meron on... Read More

Transcript: Secretary Clinton - "Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights"

See also: Video of the speech, fact sheets, and additional resources Translations available in 中文, Français, Español, and فارسی . Good evening, and let me express my deep honor and... Read More

Secretary Clinton Meets with LGBT Activists and Supporters from the Diplomatic Corps

Well, I just wanted to stop by and very briefly express my appreciation to all of you for what you do every single day. I understand that you have traveled... Read More

International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons - Presidential Memorandum

The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States commitment to promoting human... Read More

Presidential Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States remains deeply committed to supporting the democratic development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The presidential and legislative elections that took place as scheduled on... Read More

Clinton Defends Civil Society, Internet Freedom and Democratic Elections at OSCE Ministerial

Translation: عربي SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you and the president of the Republic of Lithuania and the government and people of your country for hosting this year’s for hosting this year’s... Read More

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: The US Embassy Joins the Bahamas National Council for Disability

On December 2, the Bahamas National Council for Disability (BNCD) launched activities in observance of its annual Disability Awareness Week with a one-day forum focused on “Independent Living and Legislation... Read More

Community of Democracies Task Force for Moldova - First Meeting

On Wednesday, December 7th, the first meeting of the Community of Democracies Task Force for Moldova will take place at the Department of State in Washington, DC. The United States... Read More

Virtual Embassy Tehran

See also: Virtual Embassy Tehran Factsheet I am delighted to announce the online opening of the Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran as a new and exciting engagement opportunity between the peoples... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on the President's Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

Today, President Obama directed all agencies to protect and promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons abroad. At the United Nations, we have strongly supported efforts... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Address on the Human Rights of LGBT People (Video and Additonal Resources)

Human rights are inalienable and belong to every person, no matter who that person is or whom that person loves. Since January 2009, Secretary Clinton has championed a comprehensive human... Read More

Upcoming Human Rights Day Events

Human Rights Day recognizes the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. The Declaration outlines the inalienable rights of... Read More

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Statement by Amb. Susan E. Rice

On December 3, we recognize the contributions of disabled people and honor all who fight for equal access, equal opportunity, and equal protection within our communities. Two years ago, I... Read More



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