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Secretary Clinton's Remarks With Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere After Their Meeting

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning, and I apologize for the delay, but we had a long agenda, as I always do when I meet with my colleague. I want to welcome... Read More

Special Envoy Rosenthal Receives Award from the Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal was awarded the Tikkun Olam Award by the Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project on August 3, 2011 for her efforts to... Read More

New Sanctions Against Belarus

Today, the United States imposed additional, new economic sanctions against four major Belarusian state-owned enterprises: the Belshina tire factory; Grodno Azot, which manufactures fertilizer; Grodno Khimvolokno, a fiber manufacturer; and... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Interview With Scott Pelley of CBS Evening News

QUESTION: Thank you, Madam Secretary. You are in close coordination with all of the European Union countries, and I wonder how much confidence you have that the European nations are... Read More

Ambassador Rice Calls for More UN Action to Resolve the Crisis in Syria

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Assistant Secretary-General Fernandez-Taranco, for your briefing. Mr. President, we face a grave and growing threat to international peace and security in Syria today.... Read More

FACT SHEET: President Obama Directs New Steps to Prevent Mass Atrocities and Impose Consequences on Serious Human Rights Violators

“The United States is committed to working with our allies, and to strengthening our own internal capabilities, in order to ensure that the United States and the international community are... Read More

Presidential Proclamation--Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Participate in Serious Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations and Other Abuses

The United States enduring commitment to respect for human rights and humanitarian law requires that its Government be able to ensure that the United States does not become a safe... Read More

Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities


Preventing Mass Atrocities and Serious Human Rights Violations

Preventing mass atrocities and serious human rights violations is both a powerful moral imperative and a compelling strategic interest for the United States. The new interagency Atrocities Prevention Board announced... Read More

Statement by Ambassador Rice on Steps Directed by President Obama to Prevent Mass Atrocities

Today, President Obama directed a thorough review to strengthen our national capacity to prevent mass atrocities. Crucially, the President will establish a new Atrocities Prevention Board with the authority and ... Read More

Ambassador Verveer's Remarks at the International Women's Economic Summit "Peace Through Business" Graduation Ceremony

Thank you for that warm introduction. It is an honor and humbling to be here today with so many who are not content to simply dream of a better world,... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird After Their Meeting

SECRETARY CLINTON: Hello, good afternoon, everyone. It’s a real pleasure to welcome Minister Baird here in his new capacity as the foreign minister. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with... Read More

Ambassador Ford's Interview with Christiane Amanpour of ABC’s This Week

QUESTION:  And this morning, news that Asad’s forces are trampling another Syrian town.  The best response the world has come up with so far is a United Nations statement condemning... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Rice on the Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria

Click here for the United Nations Security Council Presidential Statement on the Situation in Syria Moderator: Ambassador Rice is on the line. Go ahead Ambassador. Ambassador Rice: Thank you. This... Read More

Assistant Secretary Posner's Remarks at Afhad Women’s University “Civil Society and U.S. Foreign Policy”

I wish all of you a happy and blessed Ramadan. At this time of self-reflection and renewal, I am especially pleased to be invited here.  I wanted to come to Afhad... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks After Meeting With Syrian Activists

I met today with a small group of U.S.-based Syrian activists and members of the Syrian-American community to express our profound sympathy for all Syrian victims of the Assad regime’s... Read More

Church Bombing in Kirkuk, Iraq

We deplore the attack today outside the Holy Family Church in Kirkuk and extend our condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. Attacks like this, which target religious minorities,... Read More

U.S. Representative to the Transitional National Council Chris Stevens on Libya

MR. TONER: Hey. Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to the State Department. It’s our good fortune today to have with us Chris Stevens, a man you’ve heard a lot about over... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Continuing Violence in Syria

The Syrian regime's violent assault on civilians continued today, even as Ramadan began, highlighting again the brutality and viciousness of the Assad regime. Yesterday, President Obama said that President Assad... Read More

Statement by the President on the Violence in Syria

I am appalled by the Syrian government’s use of violence and brutality against its own people. The reports out of Hama are horrifying and demonstrate the true character of the... Read More


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