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Statement from National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer on Khor Abeche Attacks

The United States is deeply concerned about reports that the Sudanese Armed Forces attacked and burnt the village of Khor Abeche in South Darfur.  According to the United Nations, the... Read More

Presidential Proclaimation: Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  More than 60 years later,... Read More

Remarks at Townhall on Human Rights Day

MR. CROWLEY: Good afternoon. Thank you. Good afternoon. Welcome to the Department of State. My name is P.J. Crowley. I’m the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, or as... Read More

Remarks at the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award Ceremony

ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSNER: Welcome, everybody, and happy Human Rights Day. Please have a seat. Sixty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which... Read More

Remarks at Human Rights Day Town Hall

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I wanted to come by and welcome and give you a little bit of a respite from hearing from the three advocates for human rights, each in... Read More

The Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will commemorate Human Rights Day by presenting the Eleanor Roosevelt Award to four American human rights defenders for their contributions to the promotion and... Read More

Remarks at the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award Ceremony

ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSNER: Welcome, everybody, and happy Human Rights Day. Please have a seat. Sixty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which... Read More

Department of State Partners with the International Business Leaders Forum on Human Trafficking

Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Luis CdeBaca announced today that the Department of State will partner with the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) on an initiative to... Read More

Letter from Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe to Ms. Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

I am writing concerning the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on December 10, honoring Chinese human rights defender Liu Xiaobo. This will be only the second time in history... Read More

Human Rights Day 2010

When Eleanor Roosevelt presented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the UN General Assembly, she proclaimed: "We stand today at the threshold of a great event, both in the... Read More

U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is... Read More

One Year Continued Incarceration of Alan Gross

Today marks one year since Cuban authorities detained Alan Gross. Mr. Gross is an international development worker who traveled to Cuba to help connect members of the Jewish community in... Read More

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Interview With Michel Ghandour of Al Hurra

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, first, thank you for your time. I don’t want to ask you about WikiLeaks. You’ve already answered so many questions. I’m going to stick to the peace... Read More

International Day of Persons With Disabilities

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I join with friends and colleagues around the world to recognize December 3 as the International Day of... Read More

Meeting with Civil Society Leaders

Thank you all for coming to the Embassy. As someone who has worked on civil society issues for decades and as a former member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, I... Read More

Town Hall on Empowering Civil Society for Central Asia's Future

AMBASSADOR ZHARBUSSYNOVA: Ladies and gentlemen, today I am truly honored to welcome the Secretary of State Madam Hillary Clinton. Madam, all of us present here today are grateful that despite... Read More

Statement by NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer on Egyptian Elections

The United States is disappointed with the conduct during and leading up to Egypt’s November 28 legislative elections. While we are continuing to assess reports from a variety of sources,... Read More

Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections

The United States closely followed the first round of parliamentary elections held yesterday in Egypt. Egypt’s elections, this year and next, represent an important opportunity for progress. Egyptians will only... Read More

Press Briefing at OSCE Review Conference

MODERATOR: Thank you for coming today. My name is Steve Labensky. I am the Public Affairs Officer for the United States Mission to the OSCE. It is a pleasure to... Read More

OSCE Session on Press Freedom

Session 4: Freedom of the Media The right to know one's rights, in order to be able to act on them, was framed in the Helsinki Final Act as a... Read More



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