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HDIM Session II: Responsibilities in the Framework of Freedom of Expression

As prepared The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), as referenced in the Helsinki Final Act, form... Read More

The Human Rights Council Is Making a Difference

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Human rights are at the very heart of U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, and the 26th session of... Read More

Advancing Our Commitment to Gender Equality

The Obama Administration has made advancing the status of women and girls a central element of U.S. foreign policy, development, and national security objectives. We’ve made great progress.  From expanding... Read More

HDIM Session I: The Right to Freedom of Expression

Supplemental Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Expression As prepared The United States is very glad to address this Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Expression, one of the... Read More

GSP Action Plan Review Finds More Needs to be Done to Improve Worker Rights and Worker Safety in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Washington, D.C. – An interagency review led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has concluded that Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more... Read More

From the Civil Rights Act to the Disabilities Treaty

Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act – landmark legislation that broadly outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It was the... Read More

President Obama on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In 1964, President Johnson put pen to paper and signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Fifty years later, few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly,... Read More

Celebrating Our History & Commissioning Our Future: a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels Speaks at “Celebrating Our History & Commissioning Our Future: a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" Thank you... Read More

Highlighting Women’s Empowerment in Zambia

Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, her first stop on a three-country visit to Africa. Dr. Biden is joined by Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency... Read More

U.S. Joins Consensus on Human Rights Council Resolution on Extreme Poverty

Read the U.S. Statements: 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Explanation of Position: A/HRC/26/L.10 on Extreme Poverty As Delivery by Stephen Townley Thank you, Mr. President. The United... Read More

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


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