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U.S. Condemns Threats to OSCE Observers

The United States notes with deep concern reports that warning shots were fired while the OSCE multilateral military observer team was at a checkpoint near Armyansk. Threats to an unarmed... Read More

Readout of President Obama’s Calls with Leaders of Latvia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, France, Estonia, and Italy Regarding Ukraine

The President spoke separately with Prime Minister Cameron, President Hollande, and Prime Minister Renzi today about Ukraine. The President welcomed the strong, unified stance of the United States and the... Read More

U.S. Concern About Escalation of Violence and Insecurity in Darfur

We are deeply concerned by the recent escalation of violence by the Sudanese Government-supported Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Darfur. The United States strongly condemns attacks on civilians and calls... Read More

Celebrating Romanian Women on International Women's Day

“International Women's Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a day not just to renew our determination to make the world a more peaceful and... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Women's Day 2014

International Women’s Day is a moment to pause and reflect on the contributions of women to the world and to reaffirm our commitment to continued progress on gender equality. It’s... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Conviction of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

The United States has followed the trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim closely. The Court of Appeal overturned his acquittal by the High Court on March 7. Mr. Anwar... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on the Verdict in the Germain Katanga Trial at the International Criminal Court

Today, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Germain Katanga, the commander of the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI) militia, for his responsibility for war... Read More

Readout of President Obama’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany Regarding Ukraine

The President spoke with Chancellor Merkel today about Ukraine. The President welcomed the conclusions of the March 6 European Council and the unified position of the United States and the... Read More

Ambassador Baer Statement on Ukraine

Thank you very much Madam Chair, and thank you again to the Chairmanship for holding this meeting. I think it does afford us a useful opportunity to discuss the ongoing... Read More

Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Debate on Children in Armed Conflict

Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Special Representative Zerrougui, for your briefing and for your tireless efforts on behalf of the world’s young people. Thank you also to Director Lake,... Read More

Preventing Mass Atrocities is a Shared Moral Responsibility of all Peoples and Countries around the World

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council High Level Panel discussion on the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the... Read More

Interactive Dialogue with the Secretary General’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council As Delivered by Lisa Brodey Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Special Advisor Dieng, for your informative briefing... Read More

U.S. Joins Cross Regional Joint Statement on Egypt at the Human Rights Council

(Excerpt from Daily Press Briefing Transcript - March 7, 2014) The United States remains concerned about the climate for freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association in Egypt.... Read More

U.S. Response to Joint Statement on the International Year of the Family at the HRC

  The United States agrees with the sponsors of today’s Human Rights Council joint statement on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family that... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ukraine

And thank you again to the Ambassador of Ukraine for continuing to provide sober updates of the situation and ideas about a way forward. The United States’ position on the... Read More

White House Press Secretary Statement on Ukraine

As President Obama has made clear, the United States is pursuing and reviewing a wide range of options in response to Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial... Read More

President Obama Statement on Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Before Jay takes some of your questions, I wanted to provide a brief update on our efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Since... Read More

Testimony: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East and Ukraine

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East and Ukraine Update Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, Members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity.... Read More

U.S. at HRC General Debate on Ukraine and South Sudan

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America Item 2: General Debate We appreciate the reports from Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Simonovic and many senior UN officials... Read More

A Minority of a Minority Making a Difference in Georgia

In Georgia, cultural values and social mores remain deeply traditional, tending to be strongly influenced by religion.  In this socially conservative environment, women and minorities are easily marginalized.  One would... Read More


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