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Statement in Memory of Russian Journalists Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov

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

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki

2013-07-16

Today, the United States remembers human rights defender and journalist Natalya Estemirova and Forbes journalist and editor, Paul Klebnikov. Both were murdered, but neither the killers, nor those who ordered... Read More

Amb. Mitchell Celebrates Ramadan with Leaders of Major Faith Communities

Rangoon, Burma

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassy Rangoon

2013-07-16

On July 16, U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell celebrated the holy month of Ramadan by hosting an iftar dinner at his home with leaders from the Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian... Read More

Statement on the Murder of Cameroonian LGBT and AIDS Activist Eric Ohena Lembembe

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

Office of the Spokesperson

2013-07-16

AS PREPARED We deplore the brutal murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe, who was found tortured to death in his home in Yaoundé yesterday. We condemn this terrible act in the... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns from Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns

2013-07-15

DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good afternoon, everyone. Ramadan Kareem. I’d like to begin by offering my condolences for the victims of the terrible bus attack in the Sinai earlier today. It’s... Read More

Vice President's Calls on Support for Building a United Community in Northern Ireland

The White House

Vice Presient Joe Biden

2013-07-15

The Vice President spoke with First Minister Robinson and Deputy First Minister McGuinness of Northern Ireland today to welcome the launch of an All-Party Group process to address sensitive issues... Read More

President's Call with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

The White House

President Barack Obama

2013-07-15

President Obama spoke by phone today with King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. The President relayed his warm wishes to the King on the occasion of... Read More

UNSC Statement on Attack on UNAMID Peacekeepers

UN Security Council - New York, N.Y.

2013-07-14

AS PREPARED The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack by unidentified assailants on an African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) patrol north... Read More

Excerpts from U.S-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on Human Rights

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

Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns

2013-07-12

AS DELIVERED Vice President Joe Biden: “History shows that prosperity is greatest when governments allow not just the free exchange of goods but the free exchange of ideas, that innovation,... Read More

OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Rule of Law in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – Session 2

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

Senior Advisor for International Legal Affairs at Freedom House, Lisa Davis

2013-07-12

AS PREPARED I represent Freedom House, which seeks to work in partnership with all in the OSCE region who are dedicated to advancing human rights and rule of law. I... Read More

OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Rule of Law in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – Session 3

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

Delegation of the United States

2013-07-12

AS PREPARED The United States welcomes the opportunity to continue this timely discussion on ways in which OSCE participating States can strengthen rule of law to promote and protect human... Read More

USAID Launches New Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

USAID Press Office - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Agency for International Development

2013-07-11

U.S. Agency for International Development recently released its new Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. The strategy’s overarching goal is to support the establishment and strengthening of inclusive and... Read More

OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Rule of Law in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights - Session 1

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

Political Officer Chad Wilton

2013-07-11

AS PREPARED We look forward to today’s exchange because it touches on one of the most fundamental elements of the OSCE’s approach to comprehensive security -- rule of law and... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the 18th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Ian Kelly

2013-07-11

AS DELIVERED Today, the 11th of July, marks the 18th anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica. It is a somber reminder of the lasting impact of this tragedy and the ongoing... Read More

Ambassador Kelly on the Murder of Russian Journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

2013-07-11

AS DELIVERED The United States strongly condemns the July 9 murder of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, Novoye Delo’s chief political correspondent in the Russian Federation republic of Dagestan, and extends its deepest... Read More

Ambassador Kelly Response to OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Ambassador Knut Vollebaek

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria

U.S. Representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ambassador Ian Kelly

2013-07-11

AS DELIVERED Ambassador Vollebaek, we thank you for coming here today, for your final report to the Permanent Council, and – most of all – for your superb service to... Read More

An Overview of the Leahy Vetting Process

When the vetting process uncovers credible information that an individual or unit has committed a gross violation of human rights, U.S. assistance is withheld. For a brief introduction to the law, policy, and process for implementation of Leahy vetting under the law, please see the following: Leahy Vetting - Law, Policy, and Process

U.S. Department of State

2013-07-09

Overview Consistent with U.S. law and policy, the Department of State vets its assistance to foreign security forces, as well as certain Department of Defense training programs, to ensure that... Read More

Secretary Kerry on The Republic of South Sudan's Independence Day

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

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-07-09

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, we extend our best wishes to the people of the Republic of South Sudan on the second anniversary... Read More

Consulate Shenyang and Local Partners Fly the Rainbow Flag across Northeast China

2013-07-09

More Information: Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons – Pride 2013 The Northeast China Pride Festival has quickly grown to become one of the largest in China since it... Read More

President Obama on the Occasion of Ramadan

The White House

President Barack Obama

2013-07-08

With the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world. For the... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Violence in Egypt

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

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-07-06

The United States is deeply troubled by the violence across Egypt. We strongly condemn any and all incitement to violence or attempts to divide and provoke, rather than unite, all... Read More



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