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U.S. Statement on Opening Day of 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Mr. President, Excellencies, five years ago — with a deep commitment to the promotion of human rights and... Read More

U.S. on Protection and Promotion of the Human Rights of Migrants

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Mr. President. The United States has long welcomed immigrants. Many Americans have immigrant ancestors in their... Read More

Secretary Kerry at a Solo Press Availability in Kyiv, Ukraine

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Let me say, first of all, how incredibly moving it was to walk down Institutska Street and to have a chance to be able to... Read More

First Lady Michelle Obama at International Women of Courage Awards

MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you all. Please. Well, good morning. I want to start by thanking my dear friend Ambassador Russell for that very... Read More

State Department on Internet Freedom at RightsCon

It’s a privilege and pleasure to be here to share the thoughts of the U.S. Government with this distinguished group of leaders from all walks of life and from all... Read More

Remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards

AMBASSADOR RUSSELL: Good morning, everyone. Mrs. Obama, Deputy Secretary Higginbottom, all of your excellencies with us today, distinguished guests, it’s my pleasure to welcome all of you to the Department... Read More

Ambassador Baer Replies to Statement of the Russian Federation on Ukraine

The distinguished delegate of the Russian Federation gave us much to react to. Certainly I can agree with his statement that the hypocrisy on display today is almost unprecedented.  This... Read More

Ambassador Baer Remarks on Ukraine

Thank you to both the Chair of the FSC and to the Swiss Chairmanship for convening this meeting. I join others in appreciating the timeliness of responding to the current... Read More

Atrocity Prevention is a Core National Security Interest for the United States

High-Level Dialogue With Relevant United Nations Entities on the Promotion of Preventative Approaches Within the UN System I would like to focus my comments on an immense aspect of prevention... Read More

Highlights: UN Human Rights Council 25

Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 25th Session - 3/28/14 The Right to Protest Peacefully is an Essential Enabler of Other Rights and Freedoms - 3/28/14 EOP... Read More

Courageously Fighting Violence Against Women in India

Laxmi was 16 when someone threw acid on her face while she waited at a bus stop in New Delhi, India. Her attacker was a 32-year-old man, Naim Khan, who... Read More

Secretary Lew on Economic Assistance to Ukraine

We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will help the Ukrainian government implement the reforms needed to restore financial stability and return to... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Ukraine and its Effort to Engage in Direct Dialogue under the Vienna Document

Thank you to both the Chair of the FSC and to the Swiss Chairmanship for convening this meeting. I join others in appreciating the timeliness of responding to the current... Read More

Ambassador Baer Reply to the Russian Federation: This Forum is For Hard Truths, Not Big Lies

The distinguished delegate of the Russian Federation gave us much to react to. Certainly I can agree with his statement that the hypocrisy on display today is almost unprecedented. This... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Christians Under Threat in Syria

The United States deplores continued threats against Christians and other minorities in Syria, who are increasingly targeted by extremists. Last week in Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and the... Read More

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and First Lady Michelle Obama Honor 10 Women of Courage

On March 4, Deputy Secretary Higginbottom will present 10 extraordinary women from 10 countries with the 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will... Read More

Ambassador Power at a UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Thank you Madam President. Listening to the representative of Russia, one might think that Moscow had just become the rapid response arm of the Office of the High Commissioner for... Read More

Response by Ambassador Power to Russian Ambassador Churkin's Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Thank you, Madam President. In response to my Russian colleague’s comments, I’d just like to make a couple points. First, I’d like to address his point about to the legitimacy... Read More

Assistant Secretary Nuland Statement at OSCE Special Meeting on Ukraine

Thank you Madam Chair. My thanks to Ambassador Guldimann for being here, to the Ambassador for Ukraine, and to all the chairs of the OSCE institutions. There should be no... Read More

Assistant Secretary Nuland Response to Russia's Statement, Counters 'Parallel Reality' Presented

Because Ambassador Kelin’s remarks were intermittently addressed to us, I thought it best to respond immediately to the parallel reality that was presented here to the situation that the vast... Read More



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