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United States Rejects 'Referendum' in Crimean Region of Ukraine

The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991. In a statement released on March 16, 2014, the... Read More

Voices of North Korea

Voices of North Korea in Korean - 북한의 목소리 The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea brought to light the deplorable situation inside North... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine

Good day everybody. Today’s vote is a reflection of what Russia denies and the whole world knows. The whole world knows the government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in... Read More

Ambassador Power Explanation of Vote after a UN Security Council Vote on a Resolution on Ukraine

Madame President, The United States deeply appreciates the support from our colleagues around this table and from the many states who have called for a peaceful end to the crisis... Read More

Remarks at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Convention and Board Meeting

  As Prepared for Delivery I’m so honored to be here and I’d like to thank Chad and the Human Rights Campaign for the invitation to speak today.  I’d like... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Death of Chinese Activist Cao Shunli

The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that rights activist Cao Shunli has passed away at a hospital in Beijing. We offer our condolences to her family. Chinese authorities... Read More

Secretary Kerry Press Availability in London on Ukraine

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. President Obama, as you know, asked me to come to London in an effort to try to deescalate the situation in Ukraine. Today, Foreign Minister... Read More

Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Trip to London

MODERATOR: This is a background briefing previewing our trip to London, where Secretary Kerry will be meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov. Senior State Department Official Number One will give some... Read More

Press Availability in London

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. President Obama, as you know, asked me to come to London in an effort to try to deescalate the situation in Ukraine. Today, Foreign Minister... Read More

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Venezuelan Government’s Response to Ongoing Protests

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Venezuela: Response to pronouncements by the Prosecutor General of Venezuela at a side event at the UN Human... Read More

Secretary Kerry on FY2015 Department of State Budget

Well, Mr. Chairman, thank you very much, and Ranking Member Graham and all the members of the committee, senators, good friends of mine. And I’m very appreciative of the opportunity... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Anniversary of the Election of His Holiness Pope Francis

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend heartfelt congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis on the one-year anniversary of his historic election to... Read More

Opening Statement at Presentation of the Fourth Periodic Report of the U.S. on Implementation of the ICCPR

As Prepared Distinguished Chair, Members of the Committee, my name is Mary McLeod, and I am the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. On behalf of... Read More

Justice Department ICCPR Opening Statement

As Prepared Thank you, Mary, and thank you to the Chair and members of the Committee. My name is Roy Austin, and I serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General... Read More

U.S. on HRC Discussion Focuses Attention on Awareness of Important Issue of Access to Justice for Children

Read the U.S. Statements: 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Intervention on the full-day meeting on the Rights of the Child “The Rights of the Child: Access to... Read More

Ambassador Power at U.N. Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Thank you, Mr. President, thank you Under-Secretary-General Feltman, and thank you Mr. Prime Minister, for your timely briefing. This meeting comes at a time when every day we are seeing... Read More

Readout on Meeting Between Secretary Lew and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk

Today, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss the Ukrainian government’s economic reform plans, the U.S. assistance package for Ukraine, and Ukraine’s discussions... Read More

USOSCE Response to Address by Mr. Mobarez Rashidi, Minister of Counter Narcotics of Afghanistan

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Minister Rashidi, welcome to the Permanent Council, and thank you for your insightful and very pertinent remarks. Please allow me to express our sadness at the... Read More

USOSCE Response to Report by ODIHR Director Janez Lenarčič

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Ambassador Lenarčič, welcome back to the Permanent Council and thank you for your report. This is your last scheduled appearance before the Permanent Council, so allow... Read More

Ambassador Baer Statement on Ukraine

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States has repeatedly denounced the Russian Federation’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity—actions that constitute a threat to regional peace and security. ... Read More


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