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HDIM Session II: Responsibilities in the Framework of Freedom of Expression

As prepared The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), as referenced in the Helsinki Final Act, form... Read More

The Human Rights Council Is Making a Difference

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Human rights are at the very heart of U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, and the 26th session of... Read More

Advancing Our Commitment to Gender Equality

The Obama Administration has made advancing the status of women and girls a central element of U.S. foreign policy, development, and national security objectives. We’ve made great progress.  From expanding... Read More

HDIM Session I: The Right to Freedom of Expression

Supplemental Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Expression As prepared The United States is very glad to address this Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Expression, one of the... Read More

U.S. Department of State Policy Guidance: Promoting Gender Equality and Advancing the Status of Women and Girls

“The U.S. government is the world’s strongest advocate for unlocking the power and potential for progress that women and girls represent around the world.” --Secretary of State John Kerry Advancing... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ongoing Violations of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

I apologize if I run slightly over—we have combined comments on SMM with our broader statement in order to give one, not two statements. The United States welcomes the unconditional... Read More

USOSCE on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

As delivered by Acting Political Counselor Jennifer Bosworth to the Permanent Council, Vienna Thirty years ago, on June 26, 1984, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention Against Torture.... Read More

USOSCE Statement on Release of Ales Byalyatski

As delivered by Acting Political Counselor Jennifer Bosworth to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States welcomes the release of Ales Byalyatski as a positive development. Byalyatski received the State... Read More

USOSCE Statement on Kazakhstani Criminal Code

As delivered by Acting Political Counselor Jennifer Bosworth to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States wishes to express its concern about the new Criminal Code, Penal Code, Criminal Procedure... Read More

Ambassador Baer on the Report of the External Auditor on the Financial Report and Statement for 2013 and to the Report of the OSCE Audit Committee, July 2013 – June 2014

The United States would like to thank the External Auditor and his staff for their comprehensive audit of the OSCE Financial Report and Statements for 2013, and also thank the... Read More

Ambassador Baer to the Secretary General’s Presentation of the Annual Evaluation Report on Implementation of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality

The United States thanks the Secretary General for this comprehensive report. The United States supports efforts to integrate a gender perspective into policies, programs, projects, and activities in all three... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

We welcome UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to the Permanent Council.  It is great to have you here and to see our regional security organization actively engaged... Read More

GSP Action Plan Review Finds More Needs to be Done to Improve Worker Rights and Worker Safety in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Washington, D.C. – An interagency review led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has concluded that Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more... Read More

From the Civil Rights Act to the Disabilities Treaty

Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act – landmark legislation that broadly outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It was the... Read More

President Obama on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In 1964, President Johnson put pen to paper and signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Fifty years later, few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly,... Read More

Celebrating Our History & Commissioning Our Future: a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels Speaks at “Celebrating Our History & Commissioning Our Future: a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" Thank you... Read More

Highlighting Women’s Empowerment in Zambia

Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, her first stop on a three-country visit to Africa. Dr. Biden is joined by Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency... Read More

U.S. Joins Consensus on Human Rights Council Resolution on Extreme Poverty

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Explanation of Position: A/HRC/26/L.10 on Extreme Poverty As Delivery by Stephen Townley Thank you, Mr. President. The United... Read More

Opening Session: Addressing Current Security Challenges and the Role of the OSCE

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last year, the U.S. representative to this conference, Eric Rubin, urged that the participating States use Helsinki + 40 to make progress on the persistent problem... Read More

President Obama and President Bachelet of Chile Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome back to the Oval Office President Bachelet. She is my second favorite Michelle. (Laughter.) And I’m very much pleased to see her again. ... Read More



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