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Presidential Elections in Senegal

Office of the Press Secretary, The White House


As Senegal’s citizens go to the polls on February 26, we call on Senegalese authorities to uphold internationally-recognized electoral standards to ensure that these elections reflect the will of the... Read More

Strengthening the Fight against Modern Slavery: USAID's Counter-Trafficking in Persons Initiative

Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State


USAID has crafted a new Agency-wide policy to combat trafficking in persons. Drawing on best practices from the last decade, the new policy provides guidance on pursuing more effective, efficient,... Read More

White House Statement on the Case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

White House, Washington, D.C.

Office of the Press Secretary, the White House


The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms reports that Iranian authorities’ reaffirmed a death sentence for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for the sole reason of his refusal to... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador DeLaurentis at a Security Council Meeting on Timor

UN Security Council, New York, New York

The U.S. Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, Jeffrey DeLaurentis


Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to welcome President Jose Ramos-Horta to the Council. The United States deeply appreciates your passionate advocacy of human rights and democracy around the... Read More

State Department Statement on the Execution Order for Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

State Department, Washington, D.C.

Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner


The United States is deeply concerned by reports that a provincial court has renewed the execution order for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Mr. Nadarkhani is facing a death sentence on... Read More

Press Availability with Secretary Clinton on February 22, 20 12

Foreign Commonwealth Office, London, United Kingdom

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good evening. And I want to begin by thanking the prime minister and the foreign secretary for hosting us. This has been a busy and quite substantive... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador DiCarlo At an Open Debate in the Security Council on Women and Peace and Security

Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations


Thank you, Mr. President, for your presence here today and for organizing this open debate. I'd also like to thank Special Representative Wallström and Under-Secretary-General Ladsous for their comprehensive briefings,... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Rice on the Second Report of the Syria Commission of Inquiry

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


The United States welcomes the second report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria and notes its indictment of the Assad regime’s comprehensive campaign of violence against the... Read More

Remarks by Dr. Rajiv Shah at the Combating Trafficking in Persons Policy Launch

Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator


I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with you-to gain the benefit of your collective experiences in counter trafficking and share the focus behind our new policy. ... Read More

Remarks by Donald Steinberg Deputy Administrator, USAID to Bush Institute Egyptian Fellows

For the region will never reach its potential when more than half its population is prevented from achieving their potential.


It's a great honor to be able to welcome the first group of Bush Institute Egyptian Fellows to Washington. You bring with you a wealth of experience in the arenas... Read More

Opening remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at NEC Lessons Learned Conference

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield


Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here today to help kickoff this extremely important conference. First let me start by congratulating the National Elections Commission and all its... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe at the Palais des Nations

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council


Ambassador Donahoe: Thank you all for coming. We really greatly appreciate the interest in the Human Rights Council’s work. What’s obvious is that as we meet today the international community... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Yemeni Presidential Election

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State


On behalf of the United States, I want to congratulate the people of Yemen on today's successful presidential election. This is another important step forward in their democratic transition process... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Rice on the Arrest of Mazen Darwish and other NGO workers in Syria

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


Seven months ago, I was proud to welcome the decision by the UN Economic and Social Council to grant special consultative status to the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom... Read More

"Responsibility while Protecting"

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


Thank you Minister Patriota. Thank you also to Special Adviser Luck and Ambassador Viotti for your efforts. We appreciate Brazil’s initiative and welcome this opportunity to discuss and advance our... Read More

Secretary Clinton in Los Cabos on U.S.-Mexico Relationship, Syria, Egypt

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State


SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. And let me begin by thanking our hosts. It was an absolute pleasure to be here, and I want to express my appreciation to President... Read More

FACT SHEET: The U.S. Government Working for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Office of Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State


Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice that ranges from nicking to total removal of the external female genitalia. An estimated 100 to 145 million women have undergone this... Read More

Deputy Secretary of State Burns on Bosnia-Herzegovina

William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State


I am delighted to be in Sarajevo, and especially pleased to be here so soon after the formation of the new Council of Ministers. Yesterday, I had a very productive... Read More

Deputy Secretary of State Burns on Kosovo

William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State


I am very happy to be in Kosovo. I am also pleased that my visit follows so closely on the celebration of your Independence Day yesterday. I want to extend... Read More

The First Anniversary of Libya’s Revolution

Office of the Press Secretary, The White House


The United States congratulates Chairman Jalil, Prime Minister al-Keeb, and all the people of Libya on the first anniversary of their historic revolution. Last February, few could imagine that the... Read More


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