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Anniversary of the Death of Sergei Magnitskiy

Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley


Today we mark with sadness the one-year anniversary of the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitskiy, who died of apparent medical neglect in pre-trial detention in Moscow's Butyrsky Prison. We... Read More

Iran: Harassment and Detention of Lawyers

Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley


The United States remains gravely concerned about Iran’s continued harassment, detention, and imprisonment of human rights defenders. For example, we understand that the trial of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh... Read More

P.J. Crowley - Egyptian Parliamentary Elections

Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley


The United States remains committed to supporting free and impartial elections in Egypt. We welcome the Government of Egypt's stated commitment to expanding political participation and ensuring free and transparent... Read More

Statement by the Press Secretary on Voter Registration in Sudan

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs


"The President is extremely pleased that voter registration has begun in Southern Sudan in preparation for the January 9th, 2011 referendum on self-determination. Voter registration is a critical milestone in... Read More

Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


Today I join with billions of people around the world to welcome the long-overdue release of Burmese democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house... Read More

Sudan: Steps to the Referendum

Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan


The United States continues to support a peaceful, on-time referendum for Southern Sudan that reflects the will of the people. This graphic outlines the steps that must be taken to... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on Media Freedom in Russia

U.S. Representative to the OSCE Ambassador Ian Kelly


We share President Medvedev, the EU, and civil society’s concerns both within Russia and across the globe that condemn the heinous attacks this week on Russian journalists Oleg Kashin and... Read More

Response of the United States of America to Recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Legal Advisor Harold Hongju Koh


AMBASSADOR DONAHOE:  On behalf of the United States, I thank the Chair, the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review, especially the Troika Members -- France, Japan, and Cameroon --... Read More

An End to Human Trafficking

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


Elementary students across America are taught that slavery ended in the 19th Century. But, sadly, nearly 150 years later, the fight to end this global scourge is far from over.... Read More

Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh to Attend the Signing of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

Office of the Spokesman


U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Charlene Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Dan Baer... Read More

Remarks at the Australia-United States Ministerial

Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Defense Gates, Australian Foreign Minister Rudd, and Australian Defense Minister Smith


FOREIGN MINISTER RUDD: Thank you very much. First of all, could I say to both the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State how terrific it’s been to have... Read More

Respecting the Dignity and Human Rights of People on the Move: International Migration Policy for the 21st Century

Assistant Secretary Eric P. Schwartz


I am grateful to the Council on Foreign Relations for offering me the chance to speak on international migration issues. Perhaps it’s best to start by defining our topic. International... Read More

Remarks Before 2010 Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal


Ladies and gentlemen, parliamentarians and honored guests, we have incredible work to do together. This conference is the largest meeting of its kind to take place, and it follows the... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Speech and Townterview with Australian Broadcasting Company

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


MODERATOR: Hello, I’m Leigh Sales. Welcome to this ABC News special, Hillary Rodham Clinton: An Australian Conversation. Let me explain today’s format. The Secretary of State will address our audience... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks at Christchurch Town Hall with Students and Civic Leaders

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


MODERATOR: Hello, everyone. My name is Dr. Therese Arsenau. I’m from the University of Canterbury. And I have to say I have a very easy job this afternoon. I’m introducing... Read More

UPR of the United States – Opening Statements by Esther Brimmer and Michael Posner

Assistant Secretaries Esther Brimmer and Michael Posner


Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer Thank you, Mr. President. The United States is honored to present our first Universal Periodic Review report to the United Nations Human Rights Council. It is... Read More

Harold Koh, Esther Brimmer, Michael Posner, Eileen Donahoe: Press Conference by the U.S. Delegation to the UPR (Transcript)

Legal Advisor Harold Koh, Assistant Secretaries Esther Brimmer and Michael Posner, Representative to the HRC Eileen Donahoe


A/S Brimmer: Thank you, and thank you for joining us this afternoon. We have just completed a serious interactive discussion with delegations from around the world on the human rights... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks at Reception Hosted by New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray Stuart McCully

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


  SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am delighted to be here. This is both a great opportunity on behalf of my country and also a great personal pleasure, because when my... Read More

U.S. Government Statement On Ukraine's Local Elections

U.S. Embassy Kyiv


Preliminary reports from election monitors suggest that Ukraine’s October 31 local elections did not meet standards for openness and fairness set by the presidential elections earlier this year. Domestic and... Read More

Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Women's Empowerment Event

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


AMBASSADOR BOGARI: Your Excellency, Madam Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America; their Excellencies Ambassador Taylor and Madam Taylor; our ambassador to the United States,... Read More


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