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
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
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recommit to ensuring people living with disabilities enjoy full equality and... Read More
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QUESTION: I want to ask you first about just being at the house, Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, where she spent... Read More
MS. KYI: Are we all settled? I’d like to say that it’s a great pleasure and a privilege for us – can you hear me --
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SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me begin by saying that as the first American Secretary of State to visit here in over 50 years, I am delighted to have a chance... Read More
Today, the Human Rights Council in Geneva took decisive action to reinforce the Syrian Government’s isolation and draw attention to the Asad Regime’s unacceptable and brutal treatment of the Syrian... Read More
Tomorrow Alan Gross will begin his third year of unjustified imprisonment in Cuba. He was arrested on December 3, 2009 and later given a 15 year prison sentence by Cuban... Read More
Chairman Smith, Co-chairman Cardin, Commissioners—thank you for the invitation to testify before you today. Since its founding in 1976, the U.S. Helsinki Commission has dedicated itself to addressing human rights... Read More
MR. POLLACK: Back to Egypt, Egypt just had elections, as you discussed, obviously Islamists and particularly Salafist parties did very well in that election. Do you believe this was –... Read More
Judith Heumann serves as Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the Department of State.
On the eve of December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is... Read More
Today’s special session of the Human Rights Council on Syria is the latest in the ever expanding chorus of condemnation of the Asad regime’s brutality. I applaud the Council for... Read More
Ambassador Donahoe: Today is a very important day for the Human Rights Council. As you know, this is the third time that we’ve had to call an urgent session to... Read More
Thank you Madame President.
For the third time this year, we join a special session to make clear the international community’s grave concerns over the situation in Syria, where the... Read More
On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United States reaffirms our commitment to ending the trafficking of human beings, once and for all. Modern slavery does far more... Read More
SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, and – mingalaba, is that how you say it? Yeah? How?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Mingalaba. Thank you.
Let me start by saying that I want... Read More
Today we pay tribute to the millions of lives lost and families affected by HIV/AIDS. We also recognize the brave individuals living with HIV who carry the burden of this... Read More
We are deeply concerned by proposed local legislation in the Russian Federation that would
severely restrict freedoms of expression and assembly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) individuals, and... Read More
On World AIDS Day, we honor heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS and join in remembrance with those who have lost loved ones. Above all, we reaffirm our commitment to... Read More
Yesterday, Egypt concluded the first two-day round of voting in its historic transition to democracy. I congratulate the Egyptian people for a peaceful, successful start to their election process. Egyptians... Read More