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Secretary Clinton on the Festival of Nowruz

Secreary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-19

I am delighted to send best wishes to all those celebrating the festival of Nowruz. For over 3,000 years, Nowruz has been a time of hope for millions of people... Read More

Use of Iraqi Airspace by Iran for Arms Shipments to Syria (Taken Question)

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson

2012-03-19

Question: Has the Embassy had discussions on this issue with the Government of Iraq? Answer: Ambassador Jeffrey discussed the issue of over-flights with senior most Iraqi officials over the weekend.... Read More

Secretary Clinton On the Passing of Pope Shenouda III

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2012-03-17

Today, Americans stand alongside Egyptians in offering our deepest condolences on the passing of Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church for more than... Read More

U.S. Implementation Plan for the 2010 Universal Periodic Review

2012-03-16

In 2010, the United States participated in the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. After careful review, the United States accepted in whole or in part 173... Read More

U.S. Disappointed in Zimbabwe’s Failure to Address Ongoing Human Rights Abuses

UPR Report Adoption Recommendations for Zimbabwe, Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva

Kelly Landry, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-16

The United States welcomes the return of the delegation of Zimbabwe to the Council as well as its decision to adopt 81 of the Working Group’s recommendations, including to combat... Read More

Secretary Clinton Chairs the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The White House, Washington, DC

2012-03-16

MS. JARRETT: Thank you. Welcome. Good morning, everyone. We want to welcome you to the White House for our annual President’s Task Force to Combat and Monitor Trafficking of Persons.... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Completion of First Cycle of Universal Periodic Review

Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-16

The adoption of a final group of country reports at the Human Rights Council today marks the completion of the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). As of... Read More

Universal Periodic Review Process Has Encouraged Participation by a Growing Number of Human Rights Advocates

Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

John Mariz, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-16

Thank you, Madame President. We join with other delegations in recognizing the overall success of the Universal Periodic Review process, particularly in light of the universal participation we achieved in... Read More

U.S. Concerned About Ongoing Human Rights Challenges in Libya, but Encouraged by Libya’s Willingness to Discuss Issues Openly

Libya Universal Periodic Review Report Adoption, Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Kelly Landry, Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-16

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

State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2012-03-16

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

U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York, New York

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

2012-03-16

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

UPR Report Adoption Recommendations for Syria, Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America, Human Rights Council 19th Session

Charles O. Blaha, U.S. Department of State

2012-03-15

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

Tommy Vietor, National Security Council Spokesman

2012-03-15

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

President Barack Obama

2012-03-15

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

UPR Report Adoption Recommendations for Venezuela, Human Rights Council 19th Session, Geneva, Switzerland

Delegation of the United States of America

2012-03-15

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

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson

2012-03-15

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

President Barack Obama

2012-03-15

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

State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2012-03-14

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 Taken at the U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing

Office of the Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State

2012-03-14

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

2012-03-13

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



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