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Ambassador Rice Discusses Syria, Libya and Other Human Rights Issues

Excerpt from Testimony of Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, House Subcommittee on Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, March 20, 2012 In... Read More

Testimony of Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs - FY 2013 Budget Request

Excerpts from the testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. See full testimony here. SUPPORTING STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND STRENGTHENING NATIONAL SECURITY We will continue to support the growth of... Read More

U.S. Urges HRC to Take Balanced, Constructive Approach to Human Rights in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

Thank you, Madame President. The goal of the United States remains a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East. Ending the underlying conflict is vital to addressing the human... Read More

Remarks on the Detention of Members of the Damas de Blanco

The detention of members of the Damas de Blanco this weekend in Havana in the lead up to Pope Benedict's visit underscores the disdain of Cuban authorities for the universal... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Festival of Nowruz

I am delighted to send best wishes to all those celebrating the festival of Nowruz. For over 3,000 years, Nowruz has been a time of hope for millions of people... Read More

Use of Iraqi Airspace by Iran for Arms Shipments to Syria (Taken Question)

Question: Has the Embassy had discussions on this issue with the Government of Iraq? Answer: Ambassador Jeffrey discussed the issue of over-flights with senior most Iraqi officials over the weekend.... Read More

Secretary Clinton On the Passing of Pope Shenouda III

Today, Americans stand alongside Egyptians in offering our deepest condolences on the passing of Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church for more than... Read More

U.S. Implementation Plan for the 2010 Universal Periodic Review

In 2010, the United States participated in the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. After careful review, the United States accepted in whole or in part 173... Read More

U.S. Disappointed in Zimbabwe’s Failure to Address Ongoing Human Rights Abuses

The United States welcomes the return of the delegation of Zimbabwe to the Council as well as its decision to adopt 81 of the Working Group’s recommendations, including to combat... Read More

Secretary Clinton Chairs the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

MS. JARRETT: Thank you. Welcome. Good morning, everyone. We want to welcome you to the White House for our annual President’s Task Force to Combat and Monitor Trafficking of Persons.... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Completion of First Cycle of Universal Periodic Review

The adoption of a final group of country reports at the Human Rights Council today marks the completion of the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). As of... Read More

Universal Periodic Review Process Has Encouraged Participation by a Growing Number of Human Rights Advocates

Thank you, Madame President. We join with other delegations in recognizing the overall success of the Universal Periodic Review process, particularly in light of the universal participation we achieved in... Read More

U.S. Concerned About Ongoing Human Rights Challenges in Libya, but Encouraged by Libya’s Willingness to Discuss Issues Openly

The United States welcomes the new Libyan delegation to the Council and congratulates Libya on the adoption of its UPR Working Group report. We commend the Libyan delegation’s voluntary interest... Read More

Remarks on the ICC Conviction of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo by Spokesperson Nuland

On March 14 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, former commander of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo militia and president of the... Read More

Ambassador Rice on Anniversary of U.N. Libya Resolution

Tomorrow, the United States will join in solidarity with the Libyan people and our international partners to mark one year since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1973. I... Read More

U.S. Appalled by Continually Worsening Human Rights Situation in Syria

The United States remains appalled by the continually worsening human rights situation in Syria. Given our commitment to the Universal Periodic Review process, we appreciate that many states reflected in... Read More

International Criminal Court Conviction of Congolese Warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo in Child Soldiers Case

The United States welcomes the conviction by the International Criminal Court of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for war crimes relating to enlisting and conscripting children under the age of... Read More

Statement by the President on the Meeting of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the enduring cause of freedom. Then as... Read More

US Urges Venezuela to Ensure Judicial Independence, put end to anti-Semitic Commentary by Officials

The United States acknowledges the return of Deputy Foreign Minister Porras and the rest of the Venezuelan delegation to the UPR Adoption session. We note that Venezuela accepted recommendations from... Read More

Fact Sheet: Humanitarian Relief for Syrians

The United States is pursuing every avenue to get humanitarian relief into Syria and is engaged in focused diplomatic efforts to secure safe access for humanitarian organizations to reach those... Read More


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