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Statements to the Press by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman following his meeting with Egyptian FM Amr

Cairo, Egypt

Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs


Question: Would you please brief us on the meeting. Assistant Secretary Feltman: It is an honor for me to be back in Cairo, back in Egypt, and to join Ambassador... Read More

America in Front: Clinton's Human Rights Day Speech

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Daniel Baer


The following op-ed appeared in The National Interest on January 3, 2012 Since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Human Rights Day speech in Geneva last month, some have publicly wondered—and... Read More

Statement by U.S. Embassy Suva on the Lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations in Fiji

Suva, Fiji

U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji


The United States welcomes the recent announcement by the Government of Fiji that it will lift the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) on January 7th. In concert with our regional partners,... Read More

Passing of Kiro Gligorov

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kiro Gligorov, the first president of the independent Republic of Macedonia. He was a patriot and true statesman. His commitment... Read More

Haiti's Independence Day

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Haiti as you celebrate the 208th anniversary of your independence... Read More

Defense Secretary Panetta Urges Egyptian Military to Advance Democratic Process

Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service


Expressing "deep concern" about raids earlier this week on non-governmental organizations operating in Egypt, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta emphasized to the leader of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed... Read More

Report Concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)


The Fourth Periodic Report of the United States of America to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is now available. ... Read More

Presidential Proclamation - National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

President Barack Obama


BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Nearly a century and a half ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation -- a document that reaffirmed... Read More

Op-Ed by Charge d’Affaires Sandrolini, "Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights"

Bridgetown, Barbados

Christopher Sandrolini, Charge d’Affaires


On December 10, the world celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A remarkable milestone, the Declaration proclaims a simple and powerful idea:... Read More

Excerpt from December 29 Press Briefing by State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland on Raiding of NGOs in Egypt

Washington, DC

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland


The United States is deeply concerned that Egyptian judicial and police officials raided the offices of a number of nongovernmental organizations today, including the National Democratic Institute and the International... Read More

Regime Violence in Syria

U.S. Department of State Acting Spokesperson Mark C. Toner


We condemn the Syrian military's escalation of violence in Homs, Daraa and other cities prior to the deployment of the Arab League monitors. We have seen horrific pictures of indiscriminate... Read More

Statement by the Acting Spokesperson on the Cuban Prisoner Release Announcement

Washington, DC

U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner


We have seen reports that the Council of State of Cuba has announced the release of 2,900 prisoners and Alan Gross is not among them. If this is correct, we... Read More

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Violence in Damascus

Washington, DC

U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner


The United States condemns in the strongest terms the bombings today in Damascus. We extend our sympathies to the families of the victims. There is no justification for terrorism of... Read More

Ambassador Killion Condemns Anti-Semitic Publication and calls on UNESCO to Block Funding

U.S. Mission to UNESCO, Paris, France

Permanent Representative of the United States to the UNESCO, Ambassador David T. Killion


On December 22, the U.S. Mission to UNESCO contacted the Organization’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, to express its grave concern over press reports regarding the Palestinian youth educational magazine, Zayzafuna, and... Read More

Ambassador Susan E. Rice on Libya and Syria at UN Security Council Media Stakeout

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


Note: This transcript is edited to include only remarks by U.S. Permanent Representative Susan E. Rice. She was joined at this United Nations Security Council media stakeout by the Permanent... Read More

White House Statement on Syria

The White House Office of the Press Secretary


The United States continues to believe that the only way to bring about the change that the Syrian people deserve is for Bashar al-Assad to leave power. The words of... Read More

Ethiopian Court’s Conviction of Two Swedish Journalists

U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner


The United States notes with concern an Ethiopian court’s recent conviction of two Swedish journalists on a terrorism-related charge, in which the verdict appears to equate reporting about terrorism with... Read More

Supreme Court Decision Confirming Results of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Presidential Election

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


The United States is deeply disappointed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the electoral commission’s provisional results without fully evaluating widespread reports of irregularities. ... Read More

Milestones in the Tunisian Transition

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland


The United States congratulates the people of Tunisia for achieving another critical step in their transition in selecting three key leadership positions: Speaker of the Constituent Assembly, President of the... Read More

Statement by the President on Hanukkah

President Barack Obama


Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world. This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of a band of believers who rose... Read More


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