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Ending Child Labor

Global social movements have proven we can end child labor. An ambitious social movement to eradicate child labor globally came together two decades ago – and has enjoyed unprecedented success.... Read More

U.S. Condemns Sudanese Conviction and Continued Imprisonment of Meriam Ishag

The United States remains deeply concerned about the conviction and continued imprisonment of Ms. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag. Sudan’s journey has long been a struggle, and back when I was... Read More

U.S.-Azerbaijan Relations: The Democracy and Human Rights Dimension

AS PREPARED Mr. Chairman, Members of the Commission, thank you for inviting me to speak to you today about the democracy and human rights dimension of U.S.-Azerbaijan relations in advance... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Election of Sam Kutesa as President of the United Nations General Assembly

It is fitting that it is Africa’s turn to nominate a President for the upcoming 69th General Assembly session in a year in which the Assembly will make important decisions... Read More

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

The Vice President spoke both yesterday and again today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko regarding the security situation in eastern Ukraine, where militants coming from Russian territory have taken control... Read More

Empowering Women, Ending Violence

  The horrific abduction of more than 200 innocent Nigerian schoolgirls has, rightly, shocked the conscience of the world. It also serves as a harsh reminder of the violence women... Read More

U.S. Statement on Health and Human Rights and Business

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Health and Human Rights and Business Delivered by Natalya Scimeca Special Rapporteur on the... Read More

Ambassador Harper Opening Statement of the 26th Human Rights Council

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Good morning.  As you may know, I was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council... Read More

Remarks before the 103rd Session of the International Labor Conference

AS DELIVERED It is my pleasure to represent the United States Government at the 103rd Session of the International Labor Conference.  On behalf of our Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez,... Read More

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

This week, I will attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London. This summit is expected to be the largest-ever gathering on sexual violence in conflict,... Read More

Notice -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus


Message to the Congress -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days... Read More

Ambassador Harper Remarks at Syria Side Event

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council I want to thank France, Qatar and Turkey for convening this important meeting today.  I will join all... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Georgia

The United States is a strong supporter of Georgia's democratic and economic development, as well as of its efforts to enhance security and resist external pressure. In support of these... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Moldova

Moldova has worked hard to build democratic institutions and a prosperous economy, as well as to ensure its sovereignty and security. The United States has provided assistance to Moldova in... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine

The United States is committed to supporting Ukraine's democratic reforms, economic development, and sovereignty and territorial integrity. Following Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s discussions with President Obama on June 4 in... Read More

Wrocław Global Forum Video, Day 2

Video from Day 2 of the Wrocław Global Forum on Saturday, June 7, 2014. For the full agenda, please see the Wrocław Global Forum website.   Saturday, June 7, 2014... Read More

Detention of Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist in Swaziland

The United States is deeply concerned by the continued detention of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makhubu in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Maseko and Makhubu were first... Read More

Secretary Kerry with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Let me just say that it’s a pleasure for me to be able to welcome Foreign Minister Lavrov so that we have an opportunity to be able to... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Today of all days, we remember the courage and commitment of hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters who took to the streets to demand fundamental, universal rights. I’ll never forget... Read More


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