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Two-Year Mark of the Continued Incarceration of Alan Gross

Tomorrow Alan Gross will begin his third year of unjustified imprisonment in Cuba. He was arrested on December 3, 2009 and later given a 15 year prison sentence by Cuban... Read More

Combating Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region: Taking Stock of the Situation Today

Chairman Smith, Co-chairman Cardin, Commissioners—thank you for the invitation to testify before you today. Since its founding in 1976, the U.S. Helsinki Commission has dedicated itself to addressing human rights... Read More

Defense Secretary Panetta on Democracy in Egypt

MR. POLLACK: Back to Egypt, Egypt just had elections, as you discussed, obviously Islamists and particularly Salafist parties did very well in that election. Do you believe this was –... Read More

Celebrating the International Day of Persons With Disabilities

Judith Heumann serves as Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the Department of State. On the eve of December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Syria

Today’s special session of the Human Rights Council on Syria is the latest in the ever expanding chorus of condemnation of the Asad regime’s brutality. I applaud the Council for... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe Takes Questions from the Press at Syria Special Session – Transcript

Ambassador Donahoe: Today is a very important day for the Human Rights Council. As you know, this is the third time that we’ve had to call an urgent session to... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe’s Statement at Human Rights Council Special Session on Syria

Thank you Madame President. For the third time this year, we join a special session to make clear the international community’s grave concerns over the situation in Syria, where the... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Rice on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2, 2011

On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United States reaffirms our commitment to ending the trafficking of human beings, once and for all. Modern slavery does far more... Read More

Secretary Clinton in Burma

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, and – mingalaba, is that how you say it? Yeah? How? QUESTION: Mingalaba. SECRETARY CLINTON: Mingalaba. Thank you. Let me start by saying that I want... Read More

World AIDS Day 2011

Today we pay tribute to the millions of lives lost and families affected by HIV/AIDS. We also recognize the brave individuals living with HIV who carry the burden of this... Read More

LGBT Legislation in the Russian Federation - Statement to OSCE Permanent Council

We are deeply concerned by proposed local legislation in the Russian Federation that would severely restrict freedoms of expression and assembly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day, we honor heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS and join in remembrance with those who have lost loved ones. Above all, we reaffirm our commitment to... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Egyptian Elections

Yesterday, Egypt concluded the first two-day round of voting in its historic transition to democracy. I congratulate the Egyptian people for a peaceful, successful start to their election process. Egyptians... Read More

United States Welcomes the Funding of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

The United States welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Mikati that he has ordered the transfer of Lebanon’s financial commitment to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The Special Tribunal’s work... Read More

Turkish Sanctions Against Syria

We commend the Turkish government for its announcement of economic sanctions and other measures against the Syrian regime. The leadership shown by Turkey in response to the brutality and violation... Read More

Interview with Special Envoy Hannah Rosenthal and Special Representative Farah Pandith on 2011 Hours Against Hate

Listen to the broadcast by Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders. JEAN FERACA, HOST: And indeed they didn't. US Special Envoy Hannah Rosenthal and her Muslim counterpart Farah Pandith speaking... Read More

Release of the Commission of Inquiry Report on the Human Rights Situation in Syria

The United States welcomes the release this morning of the report by the independent international Commission of Inquiry on Syria. We commend the hard work and resourcefulness of the Commission... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Report of the Syria Commission of Inquiry

The United States welcomes the report of the independent international commission of inquiry on Syria, which documents the Asad regime’s ruthless, depraved campaign against its own people. The details are... Read More

Ambassador-at-Large on Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal

As Prepared For Delivery This is my third visit this year to Bangladesh to learn about your International Crimes Tribunal and to offer ideas to ensure that the trials it... Read More

U.S. Reaffirms its Deep and Abiding Commitment to International Humanitarian Law at ICRC Conference

Good afternoon. On behalf of the United States Government, I thank the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies—especially Federation President... Read More


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