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Fact Sheet: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Human Rights Issues

“People everywhere long for the freedom to determine their destiny; the dignity that comes with work; the comfort that comes with faith; and the justice that exists when governments serve... Read More

President Obama on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014

Tomorrow, as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should... Read More

President Obama on the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

Tomorrow marks 60 years since the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the first major step in dismantling the “separate but equal” doctrine that... Read More

Ambassador Baer Condolences to Victims of Mining Tragedy in Turkey

Thank you, Mr. Chair, and obviously we have Ambassador Apakan here today as well, who is a representative of all of us but also of Turkey. I join many other... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Ambassador Szabó, OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan

The United States welcomes to the Permanent Council the Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Ambassador Gyorgy Szabó. Ambassador, we thank you for your presentation and ongoing efforts to support Uzbekistan in... Read More

U.S. Deeply Disturbed by Court Ruling in Sudan Apostasy Case

We are deeply disturbed over the sentencing today of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag to death by hanging for apostasy. We are also deeply concerned by the flogging sentence for adultery.... Read More

Joint Statement on the Occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, and in recognition of Finland’s ongoing and increasing commitment to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and... Read More

Friends of Syria Core Group (London 11) Communique

Following is the text of the communique agreed upon by the Ministers of the London 11 countries at a meeting held in London on May 15, 2014. Begin text: We... Read More

Secretary Kerry Press Availability in London

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. First of all, let me just thank Foreign Secretary William Hague for his terrific hosting today, convening all of us together to be able to... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Russian Federation on the Situation in Ukraine

I'm sorry that our distinguished colleague, the Russian Ambassador, has left, because I wanted to answer some of the issues that he raised, but I trust that his delegation will... Read More

USOSCE on Continuing Pressure on Civil Society in Azerbaijan

We listened carefully last week to Azerbaijan’s response to concerns raised by the European Union about the arrest, investigations, and sentencing of civil society activists, and must express our dissatisfaction... Read More

NSC Spokesperson on the Sentencing of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag in Sudan

Today in Sudan, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag was sentenced to be flogged for adultery and to be hanged to death for apostasy because she married a Christian man. We strongly... Read More

White House Press Secretary on Net Neutrality

The President has made clear since he was a candidate that he strongly supports net neutrality and an open Internet. As he has said, the Internet’s incredible equality – of... Read More

#BringBackOurGirls: Addressing the Growing Threat of Boko Haram

Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Flake, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to update you about U.S. efforts to address the chilling threat that Boko Haram represents... Read More

Notice -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burma

On May 20, 1997, the President issued Executive Order 13047, certifying to the Congress under section 570(b) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1997 (Public... Read More

Letter -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burma


Sweden and US Fight Homophobia Together

Many of you may know the story of Matthew Shepard a 21-year-old American university student who was beaten, tortured and left to die for one reason -- he was gay.... Read More

Fact Sheet: Boko Haram and U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance to Nigeria

“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime, and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian Government to return these young women to... Read More

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipović

Vice President Biden met today with Croatian President Ivo Josipović. Vice President Biden praised Croatia for its reforms over the past ten years that led to Croatia joining the European... Read More

Background Briefing on the Situation in West Africa

MODERATOR: Good afternoon. Thanks so very much for joining us today. We are going to open up with very brief remarks by hereafter will be referred to as Senior State... Read More


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