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Secretary Clinton on the Formation of New Libyan Cabinet

The formation of a new cabinet by the Transitional National Council is a significant step in Libya’s transition to a true democracy that is inclusive and representative of all Libyans. ... Read More

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Travel to the Republic of Korea and Burma

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the Republic of Korea and Burma, November 30 - December 2, 2011. Secretary Clinton will travel to Busan, Republic of Korea... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry Report

The United States welcomes the release of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report, and we commend King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa’s initiative in commissioning it. Our countries have... Read More

President Obama on the GCC-brokered Agreement in Yemen

I welcome today’s action by the Yemeni government and the opposition to sign a political agreement brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council to form a government of national unity within... Read More

Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Bahrain

We welcome today’s report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, which provides a thorough and independent assessment of events in Bahrain since protests first erupted in February. King Hamad’s... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the GCC-brokered Agreement in Yemen

The United States applauds the Yemeni government and the opposition for agreeing to a peaceful and orderly transition of power that is responsive to the aspirations of the Yemeni people.... Read More

Syria Human Rights Resolution in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee

Today, the United Nations General Assembly spoke up for the people of Syria and against the Asad Regime, which has repeatedly gone to horrific lengths to silence dissent. By overwhelmingly... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, U.S. Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, at a Security Council meeting on Timor-Leste

AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President and welcome to the Council. I also wish to welcome the Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste and the Vice Minister of Brazil. Thank you, Special... Read More

Ambassador Rice on Human Rights Abuses in Iran, Burma, and North Korea

The United States welcomes decisions by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee to highlight human rights abuses in Iran, Burma, and North Korea. This year's resolution on Iran, which passed... Read More

ICTR Judgment Against Former Rwandan Mayor of Kivumu

Yesterday the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted Gregoire Ndahimana, former Rwandan Mayor of Kivumu, for genocide and crimes against humanity. The court sentenced Ndahimana to 15 years. The... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice on the Reinstatement of Libya to the UN Human Rights Council

The reinstatement of Libya to the UN Human Rights Council marks the start of a new opportunity for the Libyan people. The General Assembly’s unanimous suspension of Libya nearly nine... Read More

U.S. Response to OSCE Commissioner on National Minorities

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Vollebaek back to the Permanent Council and thanks him for his comprehensive report. We applaud your organization of a conference in Zagreb last month... Read More

President Obama Addresses Human Rights

Excerpt from President Obama's remarks (see entire remarks on the White House web site): As we grow our economies, we’ll also remember the link between growth and good governance --... Read More

U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone Discusses Human Rights of LGBT People

These remarks were delivered to a workshop of civil society groups in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The workshop launched a project implemented by Global Rights to increase the capacity of Sierra... Read More

Anniversary of the Death of Sergei Magnitskiy

Today we honor the memory of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitskiy, who died of abuse and neglect two years ago in a Moscow prison after bringing corruption allegations against senior officials. ... Read More

Supporting Democratic Transitions and Economic Opportunity in a Changing Middle East

Thank you, Dick, for that kind introduction. I’m honored to be back at the Middle East Institute, for whose leadership, membership and mission I have enormous respect. And I’m especially... Read More

The Lessons of the Holocaust

The speech of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti- Semitism in the Obama Administration, delivered to the international conference “Totalitarianism and Tolerance. The Challenge to Freedom,” held in... Read More

Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade

Today, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development and a coalition of private sector partners, civil society, and other organizations, launched the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible... Read More

The Situation Faced by the Coptic Christian Community in Egypt

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for conducting this important hearing on the situation faced by Coptic Christian community in Egypt, and for inviting me to testify. As you know, this is... Read More

Explanation of Vote by John F. Sammis on the Third Committee Resolution, "Report of the Human Rights Council"

The United States does not see the benefit of this resolution. While the United States remains concerned about the Human Rights Council's disproportionate focus on Israel, there have been significant... Read More


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