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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remarks on Election of Syrian Coalition President

The United States welcomes the July 6 election of Syrian Coalition President Ahmed Assi al-Jarba, and looks forward to working with him and with his team. We hope to make... Read More

Secretary Kerry Communications Regarding Egypt

Over the days since the unrest in Egypt intensified, Secretary Kerry has been in constant contact with the national security team, regional partners, and his counterparts. In addition to participating... Read More

Readout of the President's Meeting with the National Security Council Regarding the Situation in Egypt

President Obama convened a secure conference call with the National Security Council today to review the very fluid situation in Egypt. The President condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt and... Read More

President Obama on Egypt

As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets... Read More

U.S. Statement on the 24th Round of the Geneva Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States was pleased to participate in the 24th round of the Geneva International Discussions on June 25 and 26. During the discussions, the United... Read More

OSCE: Remarks on Election in Mongolia

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States congratulates the people of Mongolia on their June 26th presidential election in which voters re-elected President Elbegdorj. We note that election day was... Read More

Statement on Suspension of Russian NGO Golos for Failing to Register as a Foreign Agent

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States is deeply concerned by the Russian Ministry of Justice’s decision on June 25 to suspend for six months the operations of Russia’s most... Read More



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