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Nelson Mandela and the Transformative Power of Tolerance and Reconciliation

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America during a Panel on Mandela / Tolerance and Reconciliation Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to the excellent and... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland: Call for Peaceful Demonstrations in Guinea

The United States calls on those who will gather to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragic 2009 pro-democracy demonstration in Conakry Stadium to do so peacefully, as violence undermines... Read More

Undersectretary Otero's Remarks at the International Right to Know Day Celebration

Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be here with you all for the celebration of International Right to Know Day. As you have heard, I am Maria Otero, the U.S.... Read More

Secertary Clinton's Remarks With Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr After Their Meeting

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. It is a great pleasure to welcome the foreign minister here to the State Department for our first official bilateral meeting. We’ve spoken on the... Read More

Ambassador Johnson on Rule of Law: Legislative transparency, Independence of the judiciary, Right to a fair trial

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 4) The rule of law underpins all of our human dimension commitments. Today, we will focus on certain... Read More

Ambassador Efird on the Rule of Law, part II: Capital Punishment;Prevention of Torture; and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 5) The prohibition against torture is a fundamental precept of international law and a core OSCE commitment to... Read More

U.S. Statement on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Thank you, Madame President. The United States is profoundly committed to ending racism and racial discrimination. We remain fully and firmly committed to upholding the human rights of all people... Read More

Efforts to Combat Racism Must also Preserve Robust Freedom of Expression

Remarks delivered under Item 9: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, and the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent Thank you... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Opening Remarks to the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting) Thank you, Mr. Moderator. It is an honor and a pleasure to come to Warsaw for the annual Human... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns: Is There a Future for the U.S.-India Partnership?

Thank you, Strobe, for that kind introduction. I’m delighted to be back at Brookings for this important conference. And I’m especially delighted to be here with India’s new Ambassador to... Read More

Ambassador at Large Johnson Cook on Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 2) As President Obama has affirmed, “The United States stands with those who advocate for free religious expression... Read More

Ambassador Johnson on Freedom of Assembly and Association

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 3) The right to peaceful assembly and association are well-established rights, essential to any genuine, functioning democratic system.... Read More

Transforming Partnerships Across Asia and the Pacific To Combat Corruption and Ensure Ethical Conduct: Open Government, Clean Trade, and Integrity in Markets and Supply Chains

I am honored to have been invited to New Delhi to attend the 16th Steering Committee Meeting of the ADB/OECD Anticorruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific and to present... Read More

The Lifeline: Embattled NGOs Assistance Fund

Since its creation in 1977, the DRL Bureau has been in the business of protecting and bolstering civil society. We tackled that issue with renewed vigor when Secretary Clinton made... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Ongoing Political Situation in Yemen

The United States takes note of the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) September 23 statement and joins it in expressing deep concern about the current situation in Yemen. We again express... Read More

Deputy Assistant Secretary Melia on Freedom of expression, free media and information

(As prepared for delivery at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Session 1) Freedom of expression, including freedom of the press, and the ability of citizens to access and share... Read More

Statement from National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Saudi Arabia's Announced Reforms

We welcome Saudi King Abdullah’s announcement today that women will serve as full members of the Shura Council in the next session, and will have the right to participate in... Read More

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues in South and Central Asia

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Anti-Semitism in Europe

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Internet Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa

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