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U.S. Policy and the OSCE: Making Good on Our Commitments in the Human Dimension

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Distinguished Members of the Commission: I appreciate your calling this timely hearing on the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as... Read More

U.S. Foreign Policy and the OSCE: From Astana to Vilnius

As prepared Chairman Smith, Co-Chairman Cardin, Members of the Commission: Thank you very much for inviting me here today to discuss our agenda for the OSCE. Let me also take... Read More

U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria

Chairman Chabot, Ranking Member Ackerman, Distinguished Members of the Committee: thank you for inviting us to appear before you today to discuss the Iranian and Syrian governments’ continuing and worsening... Read More

Remarks at the USAID Panel on Business and Human Rights at the National Press Club

I want to thank USAID for sponsoring today’s conversation on Business and Human Rights which I believe to be a critical human rights issue in this day and age. I... Read More

Deputy Assistant Secretary Melia on Eastern European Democracy

As prepared for delivery. Thank you, Chairman Burton, Ranking Member Meeks, and Members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you today about the state of human... Read More

Return of Father Nguyen Van Ly to Prison

We are concerned by the Government of Vietnam’s decision to return long-time human rights defender Father Nguyen Van Ly to prison on July 25. We urge the Government of Vietnam... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Principles for Prosperity in the Asia Pacific

Thank you very much, Mr. Chipman, and thanks to all of you for being here today. I also wish to acknowledge and thank Mr. Ronnie Chan, chairman of the Asia... Read More

U.S. Condemns Ongoing Violence in Syria

The United States condemns the ongoing violence in Syria, particularly the brutality practiced by the Syrian Government against its own citizens – peaceful protestors and bystanders alike. On July 23,... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Rice on the United Nations Economic and Social Council Decision to Grant Consultative Status to Three NGOs

The United States applauds today’s decisions at the United Nations Economic and Social Council to overturn the Committee on NGOs and grant consultative status to three organizations: the International Foundation... Read More

Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Generations of Americans with disabilities have improved our country in countless ways. Refusing to accept the world as it was, they have torn down the barriers that prohibited them from... Read More

Secretary Clintons' Remarks With Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa After Their Meeting

FOREIGN MINISTER NATALEGAWA: A very good afternoon, dear colleagues from the media. (In Indonesian.) I would like to begin once again by welcoming and expressing our appreciation to Secretary Clinton,... Read More

Remarks at the ASEAN Regional Entrepreneur Summit

TRADE MINISTER PANGESTU: We have heard some exciting news that, for instance, Google is evaluating coming to Indonesia, and Facebook, who came to Indonesia a few weeks ago, may also... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the Situation in Southern Kordofan

The United States is deeply concerned about alarming and credible allegations of violence committed by Sudan Armed Forces and aligned groups in Southern Kordofan. These include acts of extreme cruelty... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Arrest of Goran Hadzic

The United States welcomes the arrest of Goran Hadzic by Serbian authorities. We commend President Tadic, the Serbian security services, and all others who worked to finally bring Hadzic to... Read More

U.S. Condemns Violent Disruption of Protests in Malawi

The United States strongly condemns the use of force by Malawian authorities on July 20 to prevent peaceful demonstrations, as well as the ban imposed on all private radio stations... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks on The Working Women's Forum

I want to thank my friend and your friend, a wonderful woman who is viewed as a leader around the world, Jaya. (Applause.) I want you to know that I... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Rice at the Security Council Stakeout on the Humanitarian Situation in the Horn of Africa

Ambassador Rice: Good morning. While the issue in the Council today has been climate change, I’ve made a statement in that regard already and I wanted to say a few... Read More

FACT SHEET: The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in India

In September 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks on India and the United States: A Vision for the 21st Century

Well, good afternoon and Vanakkam. I am delighted to be here today. (Applause.) I want to thank Chief Librarian Naresh for welcoming me to this absolutely extraordinarily impressive facility, and... Read More

Statement by Press Secretary Carney on the Arrest of Goran Hadzic

The United States welcomes the arrest of Goran Hadzic, who is charged with participation in the murder of hundreds of Croatian civilians, among other crimes, and is the final remaining... Read More


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