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Breakthrough in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

For decades, countries rich in oil, gas, or minerals have been cursed by conflict surrounding those resources. Companies in the extractive industries are often accused of complicity in violating human... Read More

The Human Rights Situation in Belarus has Deteriorated Sharply Since 2010 Elections

Remarks delivered under Item 4: Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s Oral Report on Belarus Thank you, Madame President. The United States thanks High Commissioner Pillay for her oral report... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on Violence in Yemen

The United States extends our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during recent protests in Sana’a. We have long condemned the use of violence during... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Assassination of Afghanistan High Peace Council Head Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the assassination in Kabul of Professor Rabbani, the former President of Afghanistan and head of the High Peace Council. We extend our... Read More

Opening Remarks by President Obama on the Open Government Partnership

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everyone. And welcome to this inaugural event of a partnership that’s already transforming how governments serve their citizens in the 21st century. One year ago, at... Read More

U.S. Lists Countries of Grave Concern on Human Rights

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain DonahoeThank you, Madame President. The United States remains deeply disturbed by ongoing human rights violations around the world. As we engage in these discussions in Geneva, people... Read More

U.S. Condemns Use of Force Against Civilians, Calls for Peaceful Transition in Yemen

Statement delivered during the Interactive Dialogue with the OHCHR Mission to Yemen Madame President, The United States would like to thank the Office of the High Commissioner for its work,... Read More

Crisis in Libya is Not Over; Commission of Inquiry Must Continue its Mandate

Statement delivered during the Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Libya Madame President, The United States would like to thank the Commission of Inquiry for Libya for the... Read More

Gross Violations of Human Rights Continue in Syria, Assad Regime Must Step Aside

Thank you, Madame President. One month ago at the 17th Special Session of the Human Rights Council, the United States and other members of this body expressed our profound concern... Read More

Joint Declaration: On Advancing Women's Political Participation

Following is a joint declaration issued at the conclusion of the September 19, 2011 United Nations Women event on Women’s Political Participation. BEGIN TEXT: We, the undersigned Heads of State... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Women's Political Participation at UN Women Event

Thank you very much, Katie, and indeed it is a pleasure for me to be here with so many friends and colleagues and to be sitting on a panel between... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy Summit

Good morning. Good morning. (Applause.) Good morning everyone. Thank you. Thank you so much. Oh, it is absolutely a pleasure to see all of you here today and I’ve been... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the Credentialing of Libya's Transitional National Council

Today, by an overwhelming margin, the UN General Assembly approved the credentials of the Transitional National Council to represent the people of Libya at the United Nations. The United States... Read More

FACT SHEET: New Security Council Resolution Supports the Libyan People in their Transition to a More Democratic, Prosperous Future

The Security Council has adopted a new resolution to promote Libya's recovery from its recent conflict and support its transition to a free society. This resolution mandates a new, three-month... Read More

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Rice at a Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Libya

Through Resolution 2009, the Council has unanimously affirmed its willingness to support the Libyan people in their efforts to restore order and bring about democracy. In this resolution, as well... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Rice at the Security Council Stakeout on Libya, the Middle East, and Sudan

Ambassador Rice: Good afternoon, everyone. Today has been an unusually good day at the United Nations. We saw the General Assembly act by an overwhelming margin to credential the new... Read More

Civil Society Provides the Critical Foundation for Promoting All Human Rights

Remarks delivered under Item 3, General Debate Thank you, Madame President. The United States is glad to have to the opportunity to affirm our unwavering commitment to the protection and... Read More

U.S. Statement at the HRC Dialogue on the Right to Drinking Water and Sanitation

Remarks delivered during an Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water and Sanitation Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States takes note with interest of the... Read More

A Misguided Assault: Why the United Nations Matters

(As prepared remarks) Thank you, John, for that introduction. Before we begin, I want to recognize the important work that CAP is doing on a range of key national security... Read More

Determination and Certification of the Colombian Government with Respect to Human Rights Related Conditions

On September 7, 2011, the Department of State determined and certified to Congress that the Colombian Government is meeting statutory criteria related to human rights. This determination and certification, pursuant... Read More


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