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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

Fact Sheet: The U.S. and Chile – A Strategic Partnership

Today President Barack Obama hosted Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria at the White House. Their meeting underscored the long-standing partnership between the United States and Chile, which is rooted in... Read More

Secretary Kerry with Chilean Foreign Minister Munoz at a Signing Ceremony

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much for joining us. We’ve just come from a wonderful lunch with President Bachelet and her delegation, and we discussed the very strong relationship... Read More

Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 26th Session

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council The outcomes of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S.... Read More

Remarks by President Obama at Pride Month Celebration

Fact Sheet: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally - June 2014 update THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. (Applause.) Well, I want to thank Jim and Patrick. First of all,... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act


Assistant Secretary Malinowski Burma Trip Statement

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski led an interagency delegation to Burma comprising senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury, and... Read More

Transcript of Assistant Secretary Malinowski Burma Press Conference

AS DELIVERED PRESS BRIEFING 1 MODERATOR: Shibani Mahtani from the Wall Street Journal. We’re here with Assistant Secretary Malinowski, General Crutchfield, and Ambassador Mitchell, and Deputy Assistant Secretary Amy Searight... Read More

U.S. on Climate Change

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council As Delivered by David Sullivan The United States thanks the Philippines and Bangladesh for their continued dedication to... Read More

Ambassador Harper on Last Day of UN Human Rights Council 26

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council So I was going to talk about Syria first and then some of our other key priorities here... Read More

Five Things You Did Not Know About Human Trafficking

1. Modern slavery exists in the 21st century, even in the United States. Although the legal institution of slavery was outlawed in the United States nearly a century and a... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Ramadan Kareem

As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish the millions of Muslims here at home and so many more all around the world Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time... Read More

President Obama on the Occasion of Ramadan 2014

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the... Read More

Egypt’s Chilling Detour on the Path to Democracy

On Monday, an Egyptian court convicted three international journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network along with 15 others of conspiring with “terrorists” to harm national unity. Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: I want to thank Foreign Minister Fabius for France’s extraordinary hospitality and helping to provide the venue for a number of meetings today. And Foreign Minister Fabius and... Read More

U.S. on Libyan Elections

We congratulate the Libyan people on yesterday’s elections for a new Council of Representatives. These elections provided an opportunity for the Libyan people to advance their democratic transition and continue... Read More

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag Released on Bail

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag Released on Bail The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese... Read More

Ambassador Power at the "Stonewall at 45" Commemoration

Thank you so much everybody for coming out for this wonderful event. I’m really, really honored to get to be a part of this and to join my colleagues and... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Assassination of Libyan Human Rights Activist Salwa Bugaighis

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal assassination in Benghazi of prominent Libyan political thinker and human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis. Through her dedicated activism and... Read More


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