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Realizing Work and Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, U.S. Statement, Round Table on Article 27

Katherine Guernsey

2011-09-08

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Securing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities continues to be a top priority in the United States. In addition to the federal government’s long-standing and... Read More

Special Advisor Heumann's Remarks on Inclusive Development

Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith E. Heumann

2011-09-08

Thank you. As Special Advisor for International Disability Rights in the Department of State, I welcome the opportunity to address the Fourth Conference of States Parties. The Obama Administration has... Read More

Ensuring Effective and Full Participation in Political and Public Life for Persons with Disabilities

Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, U.S. Statement, Round Table 2 on Article 29

Katherine Guernsey

2011-09-08

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased to address Article 29’s critical focus on ensuring effective and full participation in political and public life. We are committed to... Read More

The Vital Role of Afghan Women in Peace, Security, and Economic Development Processes

Empowering Afghan Women Conference, The Hague, Netherlands

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer

2011-09-07

Good morning. It is such a delight for me to be back in the Netherlands. Your country and mine have enjoyed close ties for more than 400 years when Henry... Read More

A Labor Day Message from Special Representative Shailor

Remembering the contributions of workers.

Special Representative for International Labor Rights Barbara Shailor

2011-09-05

Families across the United States are gathering together to celebrate Labor Day this weekend – a time honored tradition that we’ve set aside for over a century – to remember... Read More

Special Envoy Rosenthal's Remarks to the American Leadership Initiative for Muslims

Bethesda, Maryland

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal

2011-09-02

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I hope you’re enjoying the festivities surrounding the end of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak! When my friend Imam Syed Naqvi invited me to speak to you... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on Escalating Violence in Blue Nile State of Sudan

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2011-09-02

The United States is deeply concerned about the fighting that broke out September 1 between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N)... Read More

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Advancing the Role of Women in Leadership, Diplomacy, and Government

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer

2011-09-01

Dean Hudgins, thank you for that introduction. I greatly appreciate this opportunity and want to thank the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, its College of Liberal Arts and Department... Read More

Assistant Secretary Brimmer on How Engagement at the United Nations Benefits the United States

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer

2011-09-01

Thank you, Dr. Tuman, for that introduction. Thanks also to the School of Liberal Arts, for putting together this event, and to all of you for coming out today. As... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo Ambassador Werner Almhofer

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

Ambassador Ian Kelly

2011-09-01

The United States joins in welcoming Ambassador Almhofer back to the Permanent Council and we thank the Ambassador for his comprehensive report. Given recent events, it is clear that major... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Statement on Elections in the Breakaway Region of Abkhazia in Georgia

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

Ambassador Ian Kelly

2011-09-01

Like the European Union and other participating states, the United States does not recognize the legitimacy or the results of the August 26th so-called “elections” in the Abkhazia region of... Read More

Statement on Demolition of IPD Offices in Baku and Conviction of Activists

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

Deputy Chief of Mission Gary Robbins

2011-09-01

The United States joins the EU in expressing its objection to the August 11 demolition of the offices of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) in Baku. Of particular... Read More

Statement on the Imprisonment of Natalya Sokolova, the Blocking of Websites and the Transfer of Prison Authority in Kazakhstan

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

Ambassador Ian Kelly

2011-09-01

The United States wishes to register its concern regarding several events that occurred in Kazakhstan during the OSCE Summer Recess. The first is the August 8 conviction and sentencing to... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Press Availability on Libya

Chief of Mission Residence, Paris, France

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

2011-09-01

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, this is my ninth trip to discuss the current crisis in Libya, and each time I have urged that our partners stay focused on the ultimate objective... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Statement in Response to Belarus Regarding U. S. Sanctions

United States Mission to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria

Ambassador Ian Kelly

2011-09-01

In response to the concerns raised by my Belarusian colleague in connection with the specific sanctions decisions my government announced over the summer, the United States has consistently maintained a... Read More

Заявление в ответ на выступление Беларуси по поводу санкций США

заседании Постоянного совета ОБСЕ в Вене

посла Иэна Келли

2011-09-01

В ответ на выражения озабоченности со стороны моих белорусских коллег в связи с конкретными решениями о санкциях, объявленными моим правительством нынешним летом, следует отметить, что Соединенные Штаты в своих отношениях с Беларусью неуклонно проводят ясную и последовательную политику. Повышенное уважение к демократии и правам человека является главным условием улучшения двусторонних отношений. Мы, так же, как многие другие, надеялись, что президентские выборы в Беларуси в декабре 2010 года будут соответствовать международным стандартам. К сожалению, как было отмечено в докладе БДИПЧ, выборы не были проведены на уровне международных стандартов. Немедленно вслед за этими выборами, прошедшими с нарушениями, правительство Беларуси развязало широкую кампанию репрессий с арестами, судебными процессами и тюремными приговорами в отношении участников мирных акций протеста, состоявшихся после выборов. Как Соединенные Штаты, так и Европейский союз считают арестованных политическими заключенными. Мне также хотелось бы процитировать доклад, подготовленный докладчиком ОБСЕ по Беларуси, который независимым образом установил, что события, развернувшиеся после декабрьских выборов, указывают на “серьезность, длительность и масштаб грубых и систематических нарушений прав человека... Под некоторыми юридическими завесами нет ни независимого правосудия, ни законности”. По следам этих событий Соединенные Штаты и Европейский союз ввели в январе ограничения на поездки, заморозили активы и наложили санкции на белорусских должностных лиц и организаций. Продолжающиеся репрессии и лишение свободы политических заключенных побудили Соединенные Штаты в августе ввести дополнительные санкции, как отметили мои белорусские коллеги. Политика Соединенных Штатов по сей день остается незыблемой: мы возобновляем наш призыв к немедленному и безусловному освобождению всех политических заключенных. 1 декабря белорусское правительство признало в Астане, что повышенное уважение к демократии и правам человека является залогом прогресса страны и ее граждан. Мои белорусские коллеги сослались на ряд международных документов, в том числе на Хельсинкский Заключительный акт и его отношение к реализации государствами своих суверенных прав. Хочу напомнить всем присутствующим, что наши лидеры в Астане категорически и безоговорочно подтвердили обязательства всех государств-участников в области человеческого измерения, которые требуют от них проявления прямой и законной озабоченности в отношении всех вопросов, не входящих в сферу их внутренних дел. Мы призываем правительство Беларуси выйти из добровольной изоляции и соблюдать права человека и основные свободы всех своих граждан. Благодарю вас, господин председатель. Read More

Keynote by Deputy Assistant Secretary Baer To the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Daniel B. Baer

2011-08-26

Thank you very much for that introduction. I am thrilled to be here today and to get the chance to talk with and meet so many of you. My mom... Read More

Ambassador Rice on the Release of Assets by the UN Security Council's Libya Sanctions Committee

U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York, NY

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

2011-08-25

The United States welcomes the decision by the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee to release $1.5 billion dollars in Libyan assets to meet the critical humanitarian needs of the... Read More

Syria: Attack on Ali Farzat and Persecution of Activists

The Syrian government’s targeted, brutal attack on Ali Farzat is deplorable

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland

2011-08-25

The Syrian government’s targeted, brutal attack on Ali Farzat, the most popular political cartoonist in the country and a long-time human rights advocate, is deplorable. The regime’s thugs focused their... Read More

FACT SHEET: Unfreezing Assets to Meet the Critical Humanitarian Needs of the Libyan People

The unfreezing of assets demonstrates the international community’s solidarity with the brave people of Libya at this historic moment.

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson

2011-08-25

The UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee approved a U.S. proposal to unfreeze $1.5 billion of Libyan assets to be used to provide critical humanitarian and other assistance to the... Read More



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