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De-escalation of Tensions in Ukraine

The United States welcomes today’s announcement in Ukraine of the release of all those detained in the EuroMaidan protests and commends the opposition for their decision to vacate occupied government... Read More

Ambassador Power on Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Hi everybody. As you know, Under Secretary Amos just briefed the Council and her report only re-confirmed what’s already painfully clear to everyone who has seen the images of emaciated... Read More

USUN Remarks at a Security Council Debate on UNMIK

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Representative Zarif, for your briefing. I would like to welcome Prime Minister Dacic and Prime Minister Thaci back to the Council and... Read More

Remarks on Labor Issues in Bangladesh at Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Good morning. Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting the Department of Labor to participate in this important hearing concerning labor issues in... Read More

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Labor Remarks on Worker's Rights and Safety in Bangladesh

Good morning. Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Members of the Committee, thank you for another opportunity to testify before this committee concerning labor issues in Bangladesh. Since your last... Read More

Agreement to Protect Belizean Nationals' Rights Under U.S. Labor Laws

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez signed a consular partnership agreement yesterday with Nestor E. Mendez, Ambassador of Belize to the United States. Under the agreement, the enforcement field... Read More

Ambassador Power on Israel's Membership in JUSCANZ

Today, for the first time, Israel participated in one of the core coordinating groups focused on human rights and social policy at the United Nations.  Israel's participation in the "JUSCANZ"... Read More

Attorney General Holder Remarks at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala

Thank you, Chad , for those kind words; for your visionary leadership of this organization; and for the indelible – and truly historic – role that you and your colleagues... Read More

U.S. on Detentions of Activists in Cuba

We are deeply concerned about the recent increase in arbitrary detentions, physical violence, and other abusive actions carried out by the Cuban Government against peaceful human and civil rights advocates. ... Read More

The United States and Sweden: Partners and Champions for Human Rights

“Values that give rise to dignity, equal opportunity, and justice for every segment of our people are anything but novel concepts. They are written into our nations’ founding documents. They... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Violations of Cessation of Hostilities in South Sudan

We are deeply concerned by reports of violations by both the Government of South Sudan and anti-government forces of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa... Read More

Press Roundtable on Ukraine

Thank you for being here as I end two days here in Kyiv meeting with Government officials, meeting with representatives of the opposition, meeting with representatives from the business community... Read More

U.S. Condemns Sectarian Violence in the Central African Republic

The United States is deeply concerned by recent sectarian attacks against both Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR). Clashes during the past few days in the town... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Haiti's Transition From Reconstruction

Remarks With Haitian President Martelly Before Their Meeting SECRETARY KERRY: It is a great pleasure for me to welcome President Michel Martelly from Haiti, and really with great respect for... Read More

President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast

AS DELIVERED THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Please, everyone have a seat. Giving all praise and honor to God, who brought us here this morning. Thank you so much for our... Read More

OSCE Statement on Incident in Security Zone in Moldova

We take note of reports of a recent incident involving the principal of a Latin-script school and Moldovan military observers, which occurred in Parcani in the Security Zone. This incident... Read More

OSCE Response to Report by Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo

The United States welcomes Ambassador Schlumberger to the Permanent Council, and we thank you for another detailed report. The OSCE Mission in Kosovo has been extraordinarily active since your last... Read More

Remarks on OSCE Security Committee

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Schroeder as the new Chairman of the Security Committee and thanks him for his report to the Permanent Council today detailing the Committee’s plans... Read More

OSCE Statement on Events in Ukraine

The United States continues to monitor with grave concern credible reports of human rights violations against activists, protestors, and journalists in Ukraine. We are particularly alarmed by reports from numerous... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Eleven years ago, the United Nations set aside February 6 as the day each year for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and stand... Read More



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