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Second Round of Presidential Elections in Maldives Postponed

U.S. Department of State

Spokesperson Jen Psaki

2013-09-23

We note the Maldivian Supreme Court's ruling to delay the second round of presidential elections, scheduled for September 28, as the Justices continue to hear arguments. While this judicial process... Read More

Joint Statement on the Promotion and Protection of Civil Society

White House

2013-09-23

We, the governments of the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Libya, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden,... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Civil Society

White House

2013-09-23

Today, President Obama met with heads of state and leaders of civil society, multilateral organizations, and the philanthropic community to discuss growing restrictions being placed on civil society organizations (CSOs)... Read More

Death of Cuban Economist and Activist Oscar Espinosa Chepe

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki

2013-09-23

We learned with great sorrow of the death of Cuban economist and former prisoner of conscience Oscar Espinosa Chepe. He was a tireless champion for improving economic policy and human... Read More

Equal Futures Partnership: A New Agenda for Progress

White House Blog

Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett

2013-09-23

Today, at the UN General Assembly, I had the privilege of co-hosting an event to mark the one year anniversary of the launch of the Equal Futures Partnership – a... Read More

Secretary Kerry Announces New Initiative to Address Gender-Based Violence in Global Humanitarian Emergencies

U.S. Department of State – Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-09-23

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the provision of $10 million in funding for a new U.S. initiative, Safe from the Start, to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in... Read More

The United States Congratulates Sri Lankan Elections

U.S. Department of State- Washington, D.C.

Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki

2013-09-23

The United States congratulates the people of Sri Lanka on their successful elections in three provinces on September 21. These polls were a historic first for the Northern Province since... Read More

USOSCE Opening Plenary Statement Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

United States Mission to the OSCE - Warsaw, Poland

Head of U.S. Delegation, Ambassador Robert Bradtke

2013-09-23

    AS PREPARED It is a pleasure for me to return to my colleagues in the OSCE in this new capacity, and to reaffirm the United States’ deep dedication... Read More

USOSCE on National Minorities and Aggressive Nationalism

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) - Warsaw, Poland

Head of U.S. Delegation, Ambassador Robert Bradtke

2013-09-23

AS PREPARED Working Session 1: National Minorities and Aggressive Nationalism As the institution of the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities enters its third decade, the United States warmly welcomes... Read More

Arbitrary Detention a Disturbing Trend in Countries Including Belarus, China, Cuba, North Korea and Syria

Human Rights Council 24th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

2013-09-23

Thank you, Mr. President. The VDPA affirms that democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.  It goes on to state that “Democracy is... Read More

Ambassador Power on Supporting Civil Society at the Social Good Summit

U.S. Mission to the UN - New York, N.Y.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

2013-09-22

MR. CASHMORE: Well, thank you, Ambassador, for joining us at a conference that’s already getting a lot of momentum online. We’re excited to have you here, especially because the Social... Read More

Statement by the Minsk Group on the UPR of Azerbaijan

Human Rights Council 24th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

Statement Read by the United States on Behalf of the Minsk Group

2013-09-20

UPR Report Adoption Intervention for Azerbaijan I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, consisting of the United States, the Russian... Read More

U.S. Statement on UPR Report Adoption Intervention for Cuba

Human Rights Council 24th Session - Geneva, Switzerland

David Rosenblum of the Delegation of the United States of America

2013-09-20

The United States welcomes the opportunity to comment on the adoption of the Working Group’s report. We regret that the Cuban delegation dedicated considerable time and attention to distorting the... Read More

President Obama on Standing for Civil Society

On 9/23/13 at the UN General Assembly, President Obama met with heads of state and leaders of civil society, multilateral organizations, and the philanthropic community to discuss growing restrictions being placed on civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide. The event marks the beginning of a year-long effort to further intensify our work to support and defend civil society from a rising tide of restrictions.

President Barack Obama

2013-09-20

Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Roundtable PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you very much, everybody, for joining us here today.  And I want to offer a few brief remarks in... Read More

Testimony: Examining the Syrian Refugee Crisis

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa - Washington, D.C.

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard

2013-09-19

As Prepared Thank you, Madam Chair, Ranking Member Deutch, and Members of this Subcommittee for holding this hearing on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and for calling attention to the enormous... Read More

U.S. Remarks at Launch Ceremony for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) Association

Geneva, Switzerland

Ambassador Betty E. King

2013-09-19

Let me start by thanking our hosts and acknowledging the critical role that the Swiss Government has played in this initiative since its inception. As most of you know, together... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Debate on Afghanistan

U.S. Mission to the United Nations - New York, NY

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

2013-09-19

Thank you, Mr. President. Special Representative Kubiš, thank you for your briefing today. As always, we are grateful to UNAMA’s staff and to the UN country team for the hard... Read More

U.S. on Attack on EULEX in Kosovo

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf

2013-09-19

We condemn the attack against the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), in which a Lithuanian EULEX staff member was killed. We extend our condolences to the... Read More

U.S. Concerned About Recent Decrees Limiting Rights and Freedoms of Political Groups in Bahrain

, Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf

2013-09-19

For the past two years, with the support of the international community, the Bahraini government and opposition groups have been embarking on an important process of dialogue and reform. Recent... Read More

Civil Society and Government Explore How Women Faith Leaders Foster Religious Freedom and Peace

U.S. Department of State - Washignton, D.C.

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook

2013-09-19

On September 18, 2013, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook, convened 80 participants for a roundtable on Women Religious Leaders and Conflict Prevention. The roundtable... Read More



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