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U.S. Joins Consensus on HRC Resolution on the Right to Food

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

United States Mission Geneva

2012-03-22

Thank you, Madame President. The United States joins consensus, despite some concerns, on this resolution on the right to food. Improving global food security is a key foreign policy objective... Read More

U.S. Joins Consensus on HRC Resolution on Housing in Disaster Settings

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

United States Mission Geneva

2012-03-22

The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution that addresses housing in the context of disaster settings. We welcome the focus on adequate housing in the context... Read More

State Dept. on Southern Kordofan, Sudan–South Sudan Talks

State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2012-03-22

Translated: English Français فارسی عربي On Violence in Southern Kordofan and Negotiations Between Sudan and South Sudan The United States is alarmed by the threat of greater violence between the... Read More

U.S. Response to OSCE Committee Chairs

Ambassador Ian Kelly, U.S. Mission to the OSCE

2012-03-22

Translated: English Русский عربي We welcome to the Permanent Council today the chairs of the three committees. Gentlemen, you have offered us useful, optimistic reports of the work that we... Read More

Cote d’Ivoire’s Engagement with HRC’s Mechanisms Contribute Positively to the Task of Reconciliation

Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Osman Tat, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-21

Madame President, The United States thanks the Independent Expert on Human Rights Doudou Diene for his work in Cote d’Ivoire. We also would like to acknowledge and thank President Ouattara... Read More

UPR Can Effect Real Change Around the World

Item 10 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Kelly Landry, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-21

Madame Chair, The United States believes the Universal Periodic Review has the potential to effect real change in countries throughout the world. Therefore, when it came time for our national... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Syria and Afghanistan, with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zalmai Rassoul

Washington, DC

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-21

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning, everyone. I am very pleased to welcome back to the State Department Foreign Minister Rassoul. He and I have worked closely together for several years. We... Read More

Situation in Syria: More Images

2012-03-20

For the latest statements from US officials on Syria, and a note from Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, see Situation in Syria. New Images Posted June 28, 2012 Map: Numbers... Read More

WH Blog: On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People

Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes

2012-03-20

On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People In a video message earlier today, President Obama sent his best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz. Nowruz is a... Read More

Civil Society is Crucial to Protection and Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights

Agenda Item 8 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Charles O. Blaha, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action states, “Democracy is based on the freely expressed will of the people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and... Read More

President Obama on Marking Nowruz

President Barack Obama

2012-03-20

A link to the video can be found here in English, Persian, and Arabic. Today, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those who are celebrating Nowruz around... Read More

Fact Sheet: Licensing Policy on Internet Freedom in Iran

U.S. Department of Treasury, Press Center

2012-03-20

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today issued guidance and licensing information to further support the free flow of information to citizens... Read More

Assistant Secretary Feltman on the 7th Anniversary of the Cedar Revolution

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman

2012-03-20

I want to thank all the Lebanese-American groups for organizing this event, and I appreciate seeing so many distinguished colleagues, guests, and friends – especially our elected representatives. It is... Read More

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America on Human Rights and HIV/AIDS

UN Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Margaret Wang, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

The United States applauds the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying Global Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS, which builds on previous momentum and provides a framework for moving us toward greater... Read More

U.S. Strongly Supports Efforts to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

Item 9 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Kelly C. Landy, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-20

Madame President: The United States strongly supports the elimination of racial discrimination at home and abroad. U.S. history reflects lapses, challenges, struggles, and, encouragingly, ongoing progress. We continue to examine... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Reduction of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-20

I am pleased to announce that an initial group of eleven countries has significantly reduced their volume of crude oil purchases from Iran -- Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany,... Read More

Syria Q and A from White House Press Briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

2012-03-20

Excerpt from White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 3/19/12: Q. Thank you. On Syria, what is the next move for the U.S. there? The President has frequently... Read More

Ambassador Rice Discusses Syria, Libya and Other Human Rights Issues

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

2012-03-20

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

Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives

2012-03-20

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

Item 7 Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-19

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



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