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Spokesperson Nuland Offers Condolences on the Killing of Syrian Human Rights Activist Ghiyath Mattar

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Syrian human rights activist Ghiyath Mattar while in the custody of Syrian Security Forces. We offer our deepest... Read More

Spokesperson Nuland Condemns the Mosque Attacks in the West Bank

The United States strongly condemns the dangerous and provocative attacks on the mosques in the Palestinian villages of Yatma on September 8 and Qusra on September 5. Such hateful actions... Read More

Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter

On the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, we take note of Article 1 of the Charter: "the peoples of the Americas have a right to... Read More

Secretary Clinton on a Smart Power Approach to Counter terrorism

Thank you. Thank you very much, President Travis. And it is, for me, a great personal pleasure to be in this new facility for John Jay. I had the opportunity... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Response to Statement on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. On this 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, we remember that 9/11 was not only an attack on the United States, it... Read More

Ambassador Kelly's Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania Ambassador Eugen Wollfarth

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States joins in welcoming Ambassador Wollfarth to the Permanent Council, and we thank you for your comprehensive report. We congratulate the people of Albania... Read More

Middle East and North Africa Programs

For more information on programs administered by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), check out the DRL Programs page on State.gov! Algeria DRL's program in Algeria addresses the... Read More

Realizing Work and Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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