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USOSCE Response to the Regular Report of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović

The United States extends a warm welcome to OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović to the Permanent Council. Thank you for your comprehensive report.  As you noted,... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Removal of Declared Chemical Materials from Syria

Today, the international maritime task force completed the critical mission of removing the last 8 percent of declared chemical weapons precursors from Syria. With this step, 100 percent of the... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Conviction of Al Jazeera Journalists

Today's conviction and chilling, draconian sentences by the Cairo Criminal Court of three Al Jazeera journalists and fifteen others in a trial that lacked many fundamental norms of due process,... Read More

U.S. Statement on Child, Early and Forced Marriage

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Panel on the Prevention and Elimination of Child, Early and Forced Marriag As Delivered by Lisa Brodey Thank... Read More

White House Press Secretary on the Conviction of Journalists in Egypt

The United States strongly condemns the verdicts rendered against three Al-Jazeera journalists and 15 other defendants today in Egypt. The prosecution of journalists for reporting information that does not coincide... Read More

Secretary Kerry Press Availability on Syria and Iraq

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon. I have a quick comment I want to make on a topic other than the visit here to Iraq, and then I’ll proceed to make... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Court Ruling to Free Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag

We obviously welcome the decision by the Sudanese Appeals Court to order the release of Ms. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag. Her case has rightly drawn the attention of the world... Read More

Readout of the President Obama’s Call with President Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama welcomed President Poroshenko’s peace plan and urged that Russia and separatist leaders work closely with... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Removal of Chemical Weapons Materials from Syria

Today, consistent with United Nations Security Council resolution 2118 and the relevant Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council decisions, the final eight percent of chemical weapons... Read More

USAID Remarks at a UN Economic and Social Council High-Level Meeting on Humanitarian Action in the Central African Republic and Neighboring Countries

Thank you. I applaud Under Secretary General Amos and Commissioner Georgieva for convening us here today given the urgent importance of maintaining international focus on the humanitarian crisis in the... Read More

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in the Central African Republic

Today the United States announced nearly $51 million in additional humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). This new assistance brings... Read More

Gubernatorial Elections in Ekiti State, Nigeria

The United States commends the people of Ekiti State, Nigeria, who turned out to vote in the June 21 gubernatorial election. U.S. Embassy and international observers assessed that the process... Read More

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: Turning Commitment Into Action

Time and again, we hear horrific accounts of violence perpetrated against women in conflicts around the world. But this violence is not inevitable. The United States is committed to addressing... Read More

State of Rights

The conversation continues online via Twitter using #StateofRights "State of Rights” is a public diplomacy initiative that brings together experts and citizens for an interactive dialogue on global trends that affect... Read More

Readout of the Vice President's Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss the implementation of President Poroshenko's peace plan. The Vice President welcomed Ukraine's unilateral declaration of a ceasefire... Read More

Secretary Kerry Background Briefing in Amman, Jordan

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TWO: So this is a background briefing previewing Secretary Kerry’s trip to Baghdad tomorrow. We have on the phone with us , who will be known... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Welcoming the Release of Ales Byalyatski

The United States welcomes the release today of Ales Byalyatski as a positive development. Byalyatski received the State Department's 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award for his work advocating for victims... Read More

Secretary Kerry Commemorating World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a time to honor the strength and resilience of refugees around the world and renew our... Read More

World Refugee Day: Highlighting a Global Need and America's Response (Fact Sheet)

“We honor the dignity, courage, and determination of these men, women and children who have fled persecution and violence in their homelands and the commitment and generosity of the countries... Read More

Briefing on the Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

MR. RATHKE: Okay. Thank you, operator. I’m Jeff Rathke, director of the Press Office here at the State Department. And today we’re doing a call with Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, who... Read More


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