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Op-Ed: Secretary Kerry on Afghanistan's Triumph of Statesmanship and Compromise

On Monday in Kabul, the Afghan people will inaugurate their next president, one who will work in tandem with the country’s first-ever chief executive officer — marking the first democratic... Read More

Secretary Kerry at at a High-Level Dialogue on Combating Violence Targeting LGBT

I apologize for coming in late and probably leaving early. Am I correct? I am correct. I apologize. I just mentioned to the Secretary-General the extraordinary pace of UNGA, but... Read More

U.S. Remarks at UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on South Sudan

Madame Chair, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Attendees, I am very pleased to represent Secretary of State John Kerry at this very important gathering. There are many pressing issues facing the United... Read More

HDIM Session 8 - Violence against Women and Children

As Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Head of Delegation J. Brian Atwood At the Ljubljana Ministerial in 2005, we collectively affirmed that “States have an obligation to exercise due diligence... Read More

HDIM Session 9 - Violence against Women and Children

As Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Head of Delegation J. Brian Atwood At the Ljubljana Ministerial in 2005, we pledged “to take all necessary steps to prevent gender-based violence against... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice on the Adoption of a UN Resolution on the Rights of LGBT Persons

The United States applauds today's adoption by the UN Human Rights Council of a resolution in support of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. The... Read More

ISIL’s Murder of Iraqi Human Rights Lawyer Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the torture and murder of Iraqi human rights lawyer Samira Salih al-Nuaimi by the Islamic State of Iraq and the... Read More

Under U.S. Leadership, World Will Defeat ISIL

The United States has has long faced threats from a lethal brand of terrorism that perverts one of the world’s great religions. We have been relentless in targeting Al Qaeda... Read More

Certification with Respect to Human Rights Related Issues In Colombia

On September 17, 2014, the Department of State certified to Congress that the Colombian government, including its Armed Forces, are meeting statutory criteria related to human rights. This certification, pursuant... Read More

Secretary Kerry on UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Today the community of nations made an historic statement in support of LGBT rights, which are human rights. The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the second-ever UN resolution on... Read More

Ambassador Power on the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

I am very pleased that the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution today to combat discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. This is only the... Read More

U.S. Priorities in the Western Hemisphere

MS. STAVROPOULOS:  Good morning, everyone.  My name is Daphne Stavropoulos.  Thank you very much for joining us here in New York.  To those colleagues and media who are joining us... Read More

Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 27th Session

The outcomes of the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work... Read More

Explanation of Position: Human Rights Situation in Sudan

Explanation of Position: Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan Statement of the Delegation of the United States of America As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper U.S. Representative to... Read More

Explanation of Vote: on Vulture Funds

Explanation of Vote: A/HRC/27/L.26 on Vulture Funds Mr. President, I add my voice to those welcoming Foreign Minister Timerman to the Council. The United States, however, will call a vote... Read More

Debate on Resolution on Civil Society Space

Debate on Resolution on Civil Society Space Thank you, Mr. President, The United States is proud to co-sponsor the Human Rights Council’s second resolution on creating and maintaining, in law... Read More

Explanation of Position: Resolutions on Rights of the Child

Item 3: Resolutions entitled “Preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age as a human rights concern” and “The right of the child to engage in play... Read More

Human Rights Council Expresses Grave Concern About Violence Against LGBT Persons

Explanation of Vote: L27/ Rev 1 – Resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Thank you Mr. President. As a strong proponent of the rights of all persons... Read More

Dissociation and Explanation of Position: On Hazardous Substances and Wastes

Dissociation and Explanation of Position: the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Hazardous Substances and Wastes The United States recognizes the serious effects improper management and disposal of hazardous substances... Read More

Fact Sheet: Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 27th Session

Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 27th Session Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 26, 2014   The outcomes of the 27th Session of... Read More



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