Latest News

Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law for Building Prosperous Societies

Renmin University Law School - Beijing, China

U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary F. Locke


Thank you very much, Professor Zhu. I am so pleased to be back at Renmin University before my tenure as United States Ambassador to China ends. Some of my most... Read More

Remarks by President Obama on Review of Signals Intelligence

Department of Justice - Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama


THE PRESIDENT: At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. And the group’s members included... Read More

White House Fact Sheet on Review of U.S. Signals Intelligence

Office of the Press Secretary


FACT SHEET: Review of U.S. Signals Intelligence In the latter half of 2013 and early 2014, the United States Government undertook a broad-ranging and unprecedented review of our signals intelligence... Read More

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

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 Daniel B. Baer


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

U.S. Department of State

Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki


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

U.S. Department of State

Office of the Spokesperson


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

The White House


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

Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki


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

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry


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

U.S. Department of State

Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki


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

U.S. Mission to the United Nations - New York, N.Y.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power


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

U.S. Department of State


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

Bayan Palace - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Secretary of State John Kerry


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

Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Washington, D.C.

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland


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

Statement Before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Washington, D.C.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Thomas O. Melia


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

Office of the Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State

Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf


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

George C. Marshall Center, U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Under Secretary for Management, Patrick F. Kennedy


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

White House blog

Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz


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

DipNote blog


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


Disclaimer: The Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, of the U.S. Department of State manages this site as a portal for international human rights related information from the United States Government. External links to other internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.