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Secretary Clinton Meets with Members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Today, Secretary of State Clinton met with Professor Dinah Shelton, President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and the members of the Commission. This is an historic moment... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

On the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I join people in the United States, in Israel, across the United Nations system and around the world in commemorating International... Read More

Statements on Arrest of Igor Vinyavskiy and Raid on Independent Newspaper in Kazakhstan

The United States wishes to join in the sentiments expressed by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic in her statement on January 25 and to express... Read More

Statement on Byalyatski Appeal in Belarus

Like the European Union, the United States strongly condemns the Minsk City Court’s failure to overturn Ales Byalyatski’s November 24 conviction and sentence. We reiterate our earlier condemnation of the... Read More

Statement by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner in Cairo, Egypt

See also Assistant Secretary Posner's Question and Answer Session in Cairo, Egypt. Statements by Secretary Clinton: Civil Society: Supporting Democracy in the 21st Century Clinton Defends Civil Society, Internet Freedom... Read More

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Wave of Arrests, Harassment, and Death Sentences in Iran

We are deeply concerned by the alarming increase in the Iranian regime’s efforts to extinguish all forms of free expression and limit its citizens’ access to information in the lead-up... Read More

State Department Appoints Kimberley Process Chair

Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez is pleased to announce that Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic will serve as Chair of the Kimberley Process for 2012. The Kimberley... Read More

Q&A in Egypt with Assistant Secretary Michael Posner

See also: Statement by Assistant Secretary Posner in Egypt Question: Your view of the transmission of power from the SCAF now rather than at the end of June? The second... Read More

Guinea: Status of Legislative Elections

Question: Do we have a comment on the democratic process in Guinea which has been lagging behind, as efforts to hold legislative elections have yet to succeed? Do we have... Read More

Statement by the Secretary on the Democratic Conditions in Nicaragua

The final report of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) election observation mission to Nicaragua supports the democratic aspirations of the Nicaraguan people and expresses many of the concerns we... Read More

Statement by the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero

Translations available: 中文   |   عربي As United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, I am gravely concerned by reports of violence and continuing heightened tensions in Tibetan areas of China, including reports... Read More

Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt’s Transition to Democracy

This week, Egypt achieved several historic milestones in its transition to democracy. Yesterday, democratically-elected representatives of the People’s Assembly met for the first time since Egypt’s revolution, and the Supreme... Read More

Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our... Read More

Ambassador Susan E. Rice addresses the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Fernandez-Taranco, for your briefing. I will begin on a welcome, even hopeful, note. King Abdullah and the Jordanian government have taken... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Kenya International Criminal Court Charges

Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed charges against four Kenyans for their alleged roles related to the deadly violence that swept Kenya following the disputed December 2007 Presidential election. ... Read More

Readout of the President’s call with Egyptian Field Marshal Tantawi

President Obama called Egyptian Field Marshal Tantawi today to reaffirm the close partnership between the United States and Egypt and to underscore the United States’ support for Egypt’s transition to ... Read More

American Values, Global Transformations: Democracy and Human Rights in the Obama Administration

Thank you, Leonard, for that kind introduction. I also want to commend you for your outstanding service since 2007 on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. For the past... Read More

OSCE Statement to the Permanent Council on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the grave violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus, particularly those enshrined in OSCE commitments. ... Read More

Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo Addresses the U.N. Security Council Debate on International Criminal Justice and Rule of Law

Mr. President, we welcome this opportunity to join the discussion on "Justice and Rule of Law." As the Secretary General's October 2011 report makes clear, the rule of law and... Read More

Teaching Respect for All Launches Platforms for Building Respectful Communities

Good afternoon and thank you. I am thrilled to be here today at the launch of the Teaching Respect for All Initiative. I am excited to be a part of... Read More



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