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Ambassador Baer Response to Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

AS PREPARED The United States warmly welcomes you, President Burkhalter, to the Permanent Council as our Chairman-in-Office for 2014. We thank you for the presentation of your priorities, for your... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Murder of Dimitrije Janicijevic

The United States joins the Government of Kosovo and our international partners in condemning last night’s murder of Dimitrije Janicijevic, former mayoral candidate and newly elected municipal assembly member in... Read More

Additional Contribution to International Organization for Migration Emergency Assistance to Vulnerable Ethiopian Migrants

Today the United States announced a $2 million contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable Ethiopian migrant returnees from Saudi Arabia. The Ethiopian... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: Religious Freedom Day 2014

In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly affirmed an ideal that has long been central to the American journey. The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, penned by Thomas Jefferson, declared religious... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Passage of Undemocratic Legislation in Ukrainian Parliament

The United States expresses its deep concern that the Ukrainian Rada pushed through several controversial measures today without adhering to proper procedures. Some of these measures will restrict the right... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Upcoming Geneva Peace Conference on Syria

Good morning, everybody. Good afternoon. And let me just say that I know you’d like to ask some questions, and unfortunately I have to go straight from here over to... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Killing of Joseph Sanchez, an LGBT Teenager in Belize

The Department of State condemns the brutal killing of transgender teenager Joseph Sanchez in Belize on January 12. We send our condolences to Joseph’s friends and family and the entire... Read More

Ambassador Power on Religious Freedom Day 2014

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the United States, its promise so essential to the American spirit that it was enshrined in the very first amendment to our constitution.... Read More

Transcript of Central African Republic Briefing Between Ambassador Power and Assistant Secretary Greenfield

MS. DAWSON: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome our callers who have dialed in from across Africa and... Read More

Workshop on Government Procurement and Human Rights

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, as part of its series of workshops on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the State Department hosted a workshop on government... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the Delegation Pledging Session of the Syria Donors' Conference

Thank you, Mr. Secretary General. Good morning to everybody. As-salaam alaikum. Let me first thank His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah for bringing all of us... Read More

Testimony: Implications of the Crisis in Ukraine

AS PREPARED Thank you, Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is my honor to appear before you today to discuss the... Read More

The Situation in Ukraine

Thank you, Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for inviting me to testify on the situation in Ukraine. We very much appreciate... Read More

Selecting Transitional Leaders in the Central African Republic

The United States is closely following the ongoing deliberations of the Central African Republic’s Transitional National Council as it works to select a new President and Prime Minister. We urge... Read More

Under Secretary Kennedy Remarks at Government Procurement and Human Rights Workshop

AS PREPARED Thank you, Uzra, for your introduction, and thanks to all of you for being here today. The topic of government procurement and human rights is an important one,... Read More

Another Step Forward in the Fight against Human Trafficking

In September 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama made a commitment to step up our fight against the evils of human trafficking and pledged to “do even more... Read More

Reaching Out to Syrian Refugees in Iraq

To date, the United States is at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the conflict in Syria, providing more than $1.3 billion dollars in assistance -- with more to... Read More

Secretary Kerry on U.S. Deep Concern with Nigeria’s Enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act

The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association,... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance for the South Sudan Crisis

Key Developments International media report that violence may have resulted in the death of up to 10,000 people since December 15. On January 12, UNMISS reported that casualty figures in... Read More

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

On December 31, 2013, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. He called upon private businesses, civil society groups, faith leaders, families, and individuals... Read More


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