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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

President Obama on Trafficking in Persons

Translation: Русский Español 中文 فارسی 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... Read More

Anniversary of Lebanon's Cedar Revolution

Today marks the seventh anniversary of Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution, when the Lebanese people took to the streets en masse in a peaceful demonstration to demand a sovereign and democratic country,... Read More

Internet Freedom Programs in the Middle East

QUESTION: What kind of Internet freedom support has the State Department provided in the Middle East region? ANSWER: Advancing Internet freedom is a priority for this administration. From 2008 through... Read More

USAID and Intel Expand Global Collaboration for Social and Economic Development

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Intel Corporation announced an expansion of their ongoing collaboration to utilize technology to further economic and social development around the world.... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Human Rights at the Opening Session of the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference

In these frontline states and in all countries facing instability, we put a special focus on protecting universal human rights, increasing political participation, and enforcing the rule of law. It... Read More

Ukraine at the Crossroads Forum: Opening Remarks

Thank you and good evening. I am delighted to join you at the opening of this timely international forum, "Ukraine at the Crossroads." I commend the organizations who have brought... Read More

US Supports Human Rights Council Action on Sri Lanka to Promote Reconciliation and Accountability

QUESTION: Yes. A new footage showing execution of 12-year-old son of LTTE leader Prabhakaran has surfaced. Do you have any comments on that with the Sri Lankan delegation lobbying hard... Read More

Syria's Use of Landmines to Fence in its Own People "Horrific"

QUESTION:Yeah. On Syria, have you received any update from Kofi Annan regarding his mission? He was expecting an answer today from the Syrian authorities. Have you got any update? MS.... Read More

Human Rights Situation in Eritrea - Joint Statement to the Human Rights Council

The following statement was delivered by Somalia on behalf of the following countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Estonia,... Read More

UN Report Shows Improving Human Rights Situation in Burma, But Considerable Remaining Challenges

The United States welcomes the report of Special Rapporteur Ojea Quintana and thanks him for all of his work. The United States welcomes his visits to Burma in August 2011... Read More

Poetry Sign Language Exchange

When I first floated the idea for this event to a friend of mine, he told me it sounded like a logistical nightmare: an exchange by DVC involving two separate... Read More

Human Rights Reports Translations

Translations for the 2011 Human Rights Reports will be added to this page when... Read More


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