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Ambassador Rice on the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

I am pleased that the UN Human Rights Council today adopted the first-ever UN resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Today’s vote marks a... Read More

Adoption of the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Click here for the PDF of the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Click here to visit the website for the 100th Session of the International Labour... Read More

Seminar on the Teaching of the Holocaust

Good afternoon! Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to have this opportunity to visit Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city and its former capital. As an American; as a Jew; as... Read More

Additional African Nations to Join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Secretary Clinton Helps Secure Seven Additional African Nations to Join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves On the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Africa, seven... Read More

Businesses and Transnational Corporations Have a Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

The Human Rights Council adopted by consensus June 16, 2011 a ground-breaking resolution on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.  Expressing U.S. government support... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Sexual Violence in Libya, the Middle East and North Africa

The United States is deeply concerned by reports of wide-scale rape in Libya. Since Eman al Obeidi bravely burst into a hotel in Tripoli on March 26 to reveal that... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland on the Human Rights Council Statement on Human Rights Abuses in Syria

Yesterday at the Human Rights Council, the United States joined more than 50 other UN member states in issuing a forceful statement addressing the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria,... Read More

Response to the Report by the Project Coordinator in Ukraine Ambassador L’ubomir Kopaj

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States warmly welcomes back to the Permanent Council the Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Lubomir Kopaj. We thank you for your comprehensive report and... Read More

Response to the Report by Professor Emmanuel Decaux

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In addition to subscribing fully to the statement read on behalf of the 14 invoking states, I would like to add the following: We join in... Read More

Response to the Address by OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities, Ambassador Knut Vollbaek

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We warmly welcome Ambassador Vollebaek back to the Permanent Council and we thank him for his comprehensive report. The treatment of minorities is at the heart... Read More

FACT SHEET: The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in Africa

In September 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower... Read More

Request for Proposals: Civic Participation in Cuba

Public Notice Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Proposals: To expand Cuban civic participation and strengthen independent civil society groups with a view to supporting the ability... Read More

Assistant Secretary Gordon's Interview with Kosovo Journalists

ASSISTANT SECRETARY GORDON: Maybe before I take any questions, just to get a few basics out there. To start by saying how pleased I am to be back in Kosovo... Read More

Assistant Secretary Gordon's Press Availability Following the MOU Signing Ceremony With the Kosovo Prime Minister

ASSISTANT SECRETARY GORDON: Prime Minister thank you so much for those kind words and for this warm welcome. I’m really pleased to be back in Pristina. This is my fourth... Read More

Assistant Secretary Posner on the Human Rights Situation in Bahrain

Click here for the PDF of the Arabic translation of Assistant Secretary Posner’s remarks on the human rights situation in Bahrain. Thank you all for coming. I have welcomed the... Read More

Assistant Secretary Brimmer: Multilateral Cooperation Between The United States and Israel: Fighting Delegitimization, Moving Forward Together

(As prepared remarks) Good afternoon. I want to thank Rob Satloff and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for this invitation. It is truly a privilege to have this... Read More

Ambassador Donahoe's Press Statement Following the Delivery of a Joint Statement by Human Rights Council Members on the Situation in Syria

Joint Statement» Just six weeks ago the Human Rights Council held a Special Session on the urgent human rights crisis emerging in Syria. At that session, the Council unequivocally condemned... Read More

Assistant Secretary Gordon's Interview With Bojan Brkic of Radio Television of Serbia (RTS)

QUESTION: Mr. Gordon, thank you for this interview. The first question I wanted to ask you is when Mr. Biden came to Belgrade, he said that his visit was intended... Read More

Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations Requiring Council Attention

Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is deeply concerned about violent repression of peaceful protests in some countries around the world. Governments must be held accountable for violation of... Read More

Under Secretary Otero's Remarks at Norwegian Women and Security Network

Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be here at the Women in Security Network of the Peace Research Institute. This is an important time for organizations such as yours. The... Read More


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