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Promoting Regional Security and Protecting Human Rights in Uganda

At the President’s direction, the United States has deployed CV-22 Ospreys, refueling aircraft, and associated support personnel to augment U.S. support for the African Union (AU) Regional Task Force’s counter-Lord’s... Read More

Protecting the Rights of Religious Minorities Around the World

AS PREPARED Your Excellency Secretary General Iyad Madani, Chairman of the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) Dr. Ibrahim al Naimi, excellencies, esteemed colleagues and participants, ladies and gentlemen,... Read More

Ambassador Jacobson’s Remarks at the Launch of USAID-supported “Week of Women”

Thank you, Ms. Sahatqija. Madam President, Ministers, Madam Mayor. When we filmed that last year, nobody could say Madam Mayor, but now we can. So, that’s a very good sign... Read More

Remarks by the Vice President and Dr. Biden to the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner

DR. BIDEN:  Thank you, Chad, for that kind introduction.  Joe and I are so proud to be with you tonight, and you are doing a phenomenal job leading HRC.  (Applause.) ... Read More

Remarks by the First Lady at Stanford Center at Peking University

MRS. OBAMA: (Applause.) Thank you. Well, ni-hao. (Laughter.) It is such a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you at this great university, so thank you... Read More

NGO Participation is Essential to the UPR Process

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Tabitha Snowbarger Thank you, Mr. Vice President. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process should ensure the... Read More

Ambassador Baer Statement on the Decision on the Deployment of an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The U.S. delegation played an active part in the formation of consensus on this important decision. This required considerable effort on the part of all delegations involved in the negotiation... Read More

Statement on the Continued Intimidation of Sri Lankan Civil Society

The United States is concerned by intensifying pressure on Sri Lankan civil society and human rights activists. We are especially concerned by the detention of well-known human rights defenders Ruki... Read More

Statement on Turkish Government's Blocking of Social Media Sites

The United States supports freedom of expression in Turkey and opposes any action to encroach on the right to free speech. We urge the Turkish Government to unblock its citizens’... Read More

Remarks on the Situation of and Assistance to Palestinian Women

We are disappointed once again this year with this resolution and take this opportunity to explain our vote against it. The United States, along with many of our international partners,... Read More

Video Message to the Romanian Public

This is an important year for Romania and for the transatlantic relationship. As Romania celebrates 10 years in NATO, the United States is grateful for your country's commitment to our... Read More

'21st Century Book Burning'

If you’re reading this, you probably live in a country where the Internet provides a portal for the free exchange of ideas. But in many countries, believe it or not,... Read More

Ambassador Lomellin Remarks to the OAS Permanent Council on the Situation in Venezuela

Mr. Chair, my delegation welcomes and supports the opportunity to hear directly from a democratically elected member of the Venezuelan opposition, Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado. This organization has a proud... Read More

Launch of Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative

New DRL Partnership to Assist Individuals in Crisis Under Secretary Sewall Opening Remarks at the Launch of the Gender-based Violence Emergency Response Initiative Remarks at the Luncheon to Launch of... Read More

President Obama on Nowruz

View the President’s video message. Dorood. As you and your families gather around the Nowruz table, I want to extend my best wishes on this new spring and new year. ... Read More

Secretary Kerry's Message to the Iranian People on Nowruz

I'm privileged to join President Obama in wishing the people of Iran and all those who celebrate around the world -- from East Asia to the Persian Gulf region --... Read More

Ambassador Baer on the Mandate for an OSCE Broad-Scope Monitor Mission to Ukraine

On the Mandate for an OSCE Broad-Scope Monitor Mission to Ukraine As delivered to the Extraordinary Preparatory Committee Thank you very much, Madam Chair. Let me start by saying "thank... Read More

U.S. Statement on the UPR WG Report on the Central African Republic

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you. The United States welcomes the return of the delegation of the Central African Republic (CAR) to... Read More

Statement by the President on Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I wanted to provide an update on the situation in Ukraine and the steps that the United States is taking in response. Over the last... Read More

OSCE Response to Acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andrii Deshchytsia

The United States warmly welcomes Foreign Minister Deshchytsia back to the Permanent Council in his new capacity, and extends its most sincere gratitude for his stirring remarks on the situation... Read More


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