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Readout of Vice President Biden's Meetings on Sudan and Somalia

Vice President Biden met today in Nairobi with a delegation from Southern Sudan, led by the President of Southern Sudan and First Vice President of the Government of National Unity,... Read More

Secretary Clinton: Remarks to the Working Together to Combat Child Labor Conference

Hello everyone. Thank you for coming today to this joint conference hosted by the Departments of State and Labor. I especially want to thank you for your work to better... Read More

Vice President Biden: Statement to the Press with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki

The White House Office of the Vice President State House Nairobi, Kenya 12:56 P.M. (local) PRESIDENT KIBAKI: I think we are all ready. Members of the media, this morning we... Read More

Secretary Clinton: 2010 LGBT Pride Proclamation

This June, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. I join President Obama in recognizing the immeasurable contributions of the LGBT community both in the United States... Read More

Joint Department of State-Department of Labor Conference to Focus on the Global Fight Against Child Labor

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Steering Committee to advance Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality meets for the first time

The Steering Committee for the Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality between the U.S. and Colombia met for the first time at the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on... Read More

Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer on Detention of Peaceful Protestors in Russia

The United States regrets the detention of peaceful protestors in Moscow and Saint Petersburg expressing their support for the thirty-first article of the Russian Constitution guaranteeing freedom of assembly. The... Read More

Statement by the Press Secretary on Today's Pardoning in Malawi

The White House is pleased to learn of President Bingu wa Mutharika's pardon of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza. These individuals were not criminals and their struggle is not unique.... Read More

U.S. Supports Staging of Play Against Child Abuse

In an effort to kindle an artistic and learning expression that seeks to educate people on respect for the human rights of children of all ages, a children’s play entitled... Read More

Statement by the President on the Signing of the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009

Today, I signed into law the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.  The legislation crystallizes the commitment of the United States to help bring an... Read More

President Barack Obama to the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Beijing, China To the participants of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue, Last summer, I was proud to welcome many of you... Read More

Statement by the Press Secretary on Court Ruling in Malawi

The United States strongly condemns the conviction and harsh sentencing of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in Malawi.  The criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity is unconscionable, and this... Read More

Michael Posner: Briefing on the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue

Click here for video of Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner's Briefing on the U.S. - China Human Rights Dialogue Michael H. Posner Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and... Read More

Philip Crowley: Press Statement on U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue Begins Today

Philip J. Crowley Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC As President Obama and President Hu Jintao agreed during their November 2009 meeting, the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue began... Read More

Hillary Clinton: Egypt's Renewal of State of Emergency

Today, the Government of Egypt announced that it is extending the State of Emergency for an additional two years. This extension is regrettable given the pledge made by the government... Read More

James Steinberg: Remarks on U.S.-China Cooperation on Global Issues

The Brookings Institution Washington, DC DEPUTY SECRETARY STEINBERG: Well, thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. It is always good to be back at Brookings and there are so many... Read More

Purposes and Principles of U.S. Engagement in Burma

I have just completed my second trip to Burma. During my two-day trip, I met with a wide variety of stakeholders inside the country. In Nay Pyi Taw, I held... Read More

Luis CdeBaca: Question and Answer on Human Trafficking

Click here for video of Ambassador CdeBaca's Question and Answer on Human Trafficking QUESTION: What is Human Trafficking? AMBASSADOR CDEBACA: Human trafficking is kind of an umbrella term at this... Read More

Ambassador Margaret Scobey: Press Roundtable at the Residence

Ambassador: Welcome, it’s nice to see you all here. And I think we can always say that it is an interesting time. We have had some interesting developments. We hope... Read More

World Press Freedom Day

The United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. A free press is essential to an empowered citizenry, government accountability and responsible economic development. Wherever independent... Read More


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