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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

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recommit to ensuring people living with disabilities enjoy full equality and... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi

Listen to the interview and related story from NPR QUESTION: I want to ask you first about just being at the house, Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, where she spent... Read More

Secretary Clinton with Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma

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 -- QUESTION: Yes. MS.... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Press Availability in Burma

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

The Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Syria

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

Two-Year Mark of the Continued Incarceration of Alan Gross

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

Combating Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region: Taking Stock of the Situation Today

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

Defense Secretary Panetta on Democracy in Egypt

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

Celebrating the International Day of Persons With Disabilities

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

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Syria

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 Takes Questions from the Press at Syria Special Session – Transcript

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

Ambassador Donahoe’s Statement at Human Rights Council Special Session on Syria

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

Statement by Ambassador Rice on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2, 2011

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 in Burma

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, and – mingalaba, is that how you say it? Yeah? How? QUESTION: Mingalaba. SECRETARY CLINTON: Mingalaba. Thank you. Let me start by saying that I want... Read More

World AIDS Day 2011

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

LGBT Legislation in the Russian Federation - Statement to OSCE Permanent Council

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

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on World AIDS Day

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

Secretary Clinton on Egyptian Elections

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


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