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Explanation of Vote in the General Assembly on the Human Rights Council Review

Thank you, Mr. President. In Geneva and New York, the United States has repeatedly urged our fellow members to join us in conducting a thorough, comprehensive review of the Human... Read More

Statement by the President on the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Today, for the first time in history, the United Nations adopted a resolution dedicated to advancing the basic human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. This marks... Read More

“There Is No Going Back in Syria”

In an op-ed in the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemns the violent crackdown in Syria and calls for a transition to democracy. The full text... Read More

State Department and OIC Commit to Promote Women's and Girls' Engagement in Science

The State Department and National Science Foundation joined forces with the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on June 13 to sponsor a groundbreaking symposium entitled “Changing Mindsets to Promote... Read More

Briefing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resolution at UN Human Rights Council

OPERATOR: Welcome, everyone, and thank you for standing by. At this time, I’d like to inform all participants that your lines are in a listen-only mode until the question-and-answer session... Read More

FACT SHEET UPDATE: U.S. Government Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Libya Crisis

The United States is deeply concerned about the welfare of the hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced and caught up in the Libya conflict. We continue to call upon Libyan... Read More

Request for Proposals: Justice and Dignity Middle East Initiative

Public Notice Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Request for Proposals: Justice and Dignity Initiative PLEASE NOTE: DRL strongly urges applicants to access immediately www.grants.gov in order to obtain... Read More

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



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