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Statement by the Press Secretary, 12/27/2010

We are deeply concerned that a Russian judge today has indicated that for a second time Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev will be convicted.  We are troubled by the allegations... Read More

Verdict in the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev Case

Today's conviction in the second trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev on charges of embezzlement and money laundering raises serious questions about selective prosecution -- and about the rule... Read More

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with the Sudanese Second Vice President

Vice President Biden spoke with Sudanese Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha today regarding the upcoming referendum on the status of Southern Sudan. The Vice President underscored the United States'... Read More

Joint US-EU Statement on Post-Presidential Elections' Situation in Belarus

The following is a joint statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton on the post-presidential elections situation in Belarus. Begin text: The... Read More

Human Rights Watch Report on Israel and the Palestinians

QUESTION TAKEN AT THE DECEMBER 22, 2010 DAILY PRESS BRIEFING Question: What is the State Department’s reaction to the report issued by HRW on Sunday focused on Israel and the... Read More

UN General Assembly Resolution on Iran's Human Rights Violations

The United States welcomes the UN General Assembly resolution calling on the Government of Iran to fully respect its human rights obligations. This resolution also reiterates the need for Iran... Read More

Zimbabwe Dialogue - The Copenhagen Statement

The following statement was agreed upon by the countries attending a meeting of the Friends of Zimbabwe held in Copenhagen on December 10, 2010. Participants: U.S., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland,... Read More

Readout of the President's Call with First Vice President of Sudan Salva Kiir

Earlier this afternoon, President Obama called First Vice President of Sudan, Salva Kiir to discuss the status of peace negotiations and underscore the United States’ commitment to a peaceful and... Read More

Statement by the Press Secretary on Adoption of U.S. Sponsored Amendment to Ensure Gays and Lesbians Are Covered By UN Resolution on Extrajudicial Execution

President Obama applauds those countries that supported the amendment offered by the United States to ensure that “sexual orientation” remains covered by the United Nations resolution on extrajudicial, summary, and... Read More

Announcement of New Iraqi Government

I congratulate Iraq’s political leaders on forming a new, inclusive government that respects the will of the Iraqi people, reflects the nation’s diversity, and demonstrates a commitment to democratic ideals.... Read More

UN General Assembly Action on Sexual Orientation

I am pleased by the UN General Assembly’s action today to include sexual orientation in a resolution condemning extrajudicial and summary executions. The United States introduced this language to send... Read More

Statement by the Press Secretary on Belarusian Elections and Political Violence

The United States strongly condemns the actions that the Government of Belarus has taken to undermine the democratic process and use disproportionate force against political activists, civil society representatives and... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Cote d’Ivoire

Good afternoon, on behalf of the Security Council, I would like to read the following statement* on Cote d’Ivoire: The members of the Security Council after the unanimous adoption of... Read More

Another Chance for Egypt to Commit to Transparency

Although it has held a series of troubling elections this year, Egypt has an opportunity to fulfill the commitments its government has made to the Egyptian people as it prepares... Read More

Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

This is a historic step forward for all Americans, a step toward a more perfect union and a more perfect reflection of our core values. As the President and I... Read More

Secretary Clinton Presents Awards for Corporate Excellence

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented Denimatrix, Cisco and Mars, Inc. with the Secretary of State’s 2010 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) today. The ACE is given annually to... Read More

Announcement of U.S. Support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

President Obama today announced United States support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The announcement, made during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the... Read More

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


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