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U.S. on Suspension of Syrian Embassy Operations

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Syrian revolution. For three years, Bashar al-Assad has refused to heed the call of the Syrian people to step aside. He has... Read More

Background Press Briefing by a Senior Administration Official on the Vice President's Trip to Poland and Lithuania

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: This is on background as a senior administration official, and given the late hour, I’m going to beg your forgiveness for keeping it short. So the Vice... Read More

Concern About Situation of Minorities in Crimea; International Monitoring Teams Should Have Access

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Aleksandra Needham Thank you, Mr. President. The United States would like to express deep concern regarding... Read More

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

President Obama spoke this morning with Chancellor Merkel regarding Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders condemned Russia’s moves to formally annex Crimea, which is a violation... Read More

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden with Prime Minister Tusk of Poland

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Mr. Prime Minister, these are challenging times. And I've known you for a while and the President and I have great respect for you, and we're absolutely... Read More

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Mr. President, thank you very much.  Let me begin where you ended.  Russia has increased their budget. But I want to remind you, you have an ally... Read More

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and President Toomas Ilves of Estonia

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Mr. President, I was pleased to have another chance to get together with you and speak with you today, and I appreciate the fact... Read More

Secretary Kerry Interview With Nikole Killion of Hearst Television

QUESTION: (In progress.) -- before we get to the budget, but we do want to talk about the news of the day when it comes to Ukraine and your response... Read More

Secretary Kerry Interview With Derek McGinty of Gannett, WUSA9 News

QUESTION: (In progress) … a good time or a bad time to argue with Congress about the 1 percent of our budget we put to foreign policy? SECRETARY KERRY: Oh,... Read More

Experts and Practitioners Discuss Global Trends in Civil Society

USAID relies on local civil society organizations (CSOs) to play important roles in the development and humanitarian efforts that we support worldwide. However, current trends of governments placing restrictions on... Read More

U.S. Strongly Supports Commission of Inquiry on North Korea’s Call for Accountability

Thank you Mr. President. The United States commends the Commission of Inquiry’s excellent and comprehensive report to the Council, which documents the “systematic, widespread, and gross human rights violations” in... Read More

Fact Sheet: Ukraine-Related Sanctions

President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) under the national emergency with respect to Ukraine that finds that the actions and policies of the Russian government with respect... Read More

USUN at a Security Council Debate on Afghanistan,

Thank you, Madam President. Special Representative Kubiš, welcome once again to the Council and thank you for your briefing, and thank you Ambassador Tanin for your remarks today. To begin,... Read More

President Obama Statement on Ukraine

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. In recent months, as the citizens of Ukraine have made their voices heard, we have been guided by a fundamental principle -- the future of... Read More

Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on Ukraine

Via Conference Call MS. HAYDEN: Good morning, everyone. Thanks for joining us on yet another snow day here in Washington. Hopefully, by now you’ve seen that we have put out... Read More

Secretary Kerry Announces U.S. Special Envoy for Syria

Daniel Rubinstein will be an outstanding successor to Ambassador Robert Ford as the U.S. Special Envoy for Syria. This position is as important as it is challenging. Like Robert, Daniel... Read More

Secretary Lew on Sanctions

The President's executive order announced today is very serious. In response to the Russian government's provocative acts regarding Ukraine, it provides us with broad authority and scope to impose costs... Read More

U.S. Concerned Over Detention of Human Rights Defenders

The United States Government is concerned about the arrests and detention of several well-known Sri Lankan human rights defenders and activists over the past week. We urge Sri Lankan government... Read More

U.S. Sees No Significant Improvement in Iran’s Overall Human Rights Situation

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur for the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic... Read More

Discussion with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council The United States expresses deep gratitude to Mr. Quintana for his nearly six years serving as Special Rapporteur... Read More


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