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White House Fact Sheet: Advancing Democracy and Human Rights

As the President made clear in his speech to the General Assembly today, the promotion of human rights and democracy is central to his vision of the world we are... Read More

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke: Remarks at Cybersecurity Forum, Georgetown University

Thank you, Craig, for those kind words.  And thank you to everyone who is attending this important conference this week. As we all know, the Internet has already fundamentally changed... Read More

Fact Sheet: Advancing Democracy and Human Rights

As the President made clear in his speech to the General Assembly today, the promotion of human rights and democracy is central to his vision of the world we are... Read More

Confronting Religious Bigotry, Anti-Semitism, and Holocaust Denial

The briefing follows a trip to Auschwitz and Dachau that Hannah Rosenthal and a group of American imams took in August 2010, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the... Read More

Assistant Secretary Schwartz on Kyrgyzstan: Moving Towards a Democratic Future

Thank you for that warm introduction. It is an honor to be here in today with so many distinguished colleagues and friends to discuss how we can support the government... Read More

Readout of President Obama's Meeting with President Mubarak of Egypt

President Obama and President Mubarak met today and reaffirmed the strong ties between Egypt and the United States of America. The leaders stated their strong support for the resumption of... Read More

The United States Co-Sponsors High-Level Panel on LGBT Rights at the United Nations in Geneva

The United States joined Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, East Timor, Finland, France, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Slovenia in sponsoring a high-level panel discussion “Ending Violence and Criminal Sanctions... Read More

Advancing U.S. Interests at the United Nations (excerpts)

The Obama Administration has dramatically changed our course at the United Nations.  The President’s new era of engagement has led to concrete results at the UN that advance U.S. foreign... Read More

U.S. Co-Sponsors High-Level Panel on LGBT Rights at United Nations in Geneva

The United States is pleased to have been a co-sponsor of the September 17, 2010 panel discussion “Ending Violence and Criminal Sanctions on the Basis of Sexual Orientation” at the... Read More

Multilateral Newsletter: Volume 3 – September 17, 2010

Friends and Colleagues: The 64th session of the UN General Assembly has come and gone, and the 65th is already gathering momentum heading into high-level activities anticipated for the next... Read More

Visit to Auschwitz and Dachau

Joining eight imams in prayer at Dachau concentration camp was a powerful experience and a profound show of faith and solidarity with the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.... Read More

Democracy Photo Challenge Winners Announced During International Day of Democracy

To celebrate the International Day of Democracy, the State Department and its Democracy is… partners unveiled the 12 winners of the Democracy Photo Challenge. The Photo Challenge asked people around... Read More

Determination and Certification of the Colombian Government and Armed Forces with Respect to Human Rights Related Conditions

On September 9, 2010, the Department of State determined and certified to Congress that the Colombian Government and Armed Forces are meeting statutory criteria related to human rights. This determination... Read More

Remarks on United States Foreign Policy

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Richard. And it is a pleasure to be back here at the Council with two working arms. That is something that I am very... Read More

Statement at Round Table I: Article 19-Living Independently and Being Included in the Community

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is extremely pleased to attend this Third Conference of States Parties and extends appreciation to the Bureau, UN-DESA, panel members, and all who... Read More

Statement by the U.S. Delegation at Informal Session on Article XI-Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Circumstances

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States is pleased that one of the sessions during this year's Conference of States Parties is devoted to Article 11's critical focus on the... Read More

Statement on Rights for the U.S. Department of State at Round Table II: CRPD Article 24-Inclusion and the Right to Education

The United States reiterates its great pleasure to attend this Third Conference of States Parties, and is highly appreciative that our Round Table today is focused on Inclusion and the... Read More

Attacks on Afghan School Children

 The United States is deeply concerned by the recent poisonings of Afghan school children in Kabul. While details of these attacks are still being verified, Afghan schools, teachers, and students,... Read More

Remarks on the 47th Anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

When I was studying to become a rabbi, I was often asked if I wanted to model my rabbinic life on my father, who was also a rabbi and a... Read More

Release of the U.S. Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report

On August 20, the United States submitted to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights a report on the U.S. human rights record, in accordance with the... Read More



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