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Ambassador Power on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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

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

2013-12-05

Twenty-three years ago, the United States became the first country in the world to adopt legislation banning discrimination against people with disabilities by passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Death of Nelson Mandela

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-12-05

Madiba’s 'long walk to freedom' gave new meaning to courage, character, forgiveness, and human dignity. Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives... Read More

President Obama on the Death of Nelson Mandela

The White House

President Barack Obama

2013-12-05

THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Death of Nelson Mandela

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

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

2013-12-05

Today, an eloquent voice has been silenced, a beautiful mind stilled, and a bountiful heart stopped. The epic soul of Nelson Mandela is now at rest. It is routine to... Read More

White House on the Central African Republic

The White House

Press Secretary

2013-12-05

In recent weeks, government affiliated armed groups and independent “self-defense” militias in the Central African Republic have committed shocking and horrific atrocities against innocent civilians that demand a swift response... Read More

Vice President Biden at a Breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and the U.S.-China Business Council

St. Regis Hotel Beijing, People's Republic of China

Vice President Joe Biden

2013-12-05

THE VICE PRESIDENT: (Applause.) Thank you very much. And I'm so late you probably thought you were going to hear from the 48th Vice President of the United States. (Laughter.) ... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice Remarks - Human Rights: Advancing American Interests and Values

Human Rights First Annual Summit - Washington, D.C.

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice

2013-12-04

Good afternoon, everyone.  And thank you so much Elisa for your incredibly kind introduction, but even more I want to thank you for your long career fighting the good fight,... Read More

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Leadership on International Human Rights

Office of the Press Secretary

The White House

2013-12-04

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 4, 2013 “People everywhere long for the freedom to determine their destiny; the dignity that comes with work; the comfort that... Read More

Testimony: Oversight of U.S. Policy Toward Burma

Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Senior Advisor on Burma, Judith Beth Cefkin

2013-12-04

Introduction Chairman Chabot, Ranking Member Faleomavaega, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today about U.S. policy toward Burma and the important transition that... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference

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

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

2013-12-03

Thank you, Minister Mboi and good morning to you all. It’s a great honor for me to speak with you this morning as you kick off your day. The video... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: International Day of Persons With Disabilities 2013

The White House

President Barack Obama

2013-12-03

Nearly a quarter century has gone by since our Nation passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights bill that enshrined the principles of inclusion, access, and... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-12-03

It is my great pleasure to join the world’s one billion persons with disabilities in recognizing the 21st International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Here in the United States, we’ve... Read More

International Day of Persons With Disabilities Is About Living #WithoutLimits

DipNote blog

Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Evan Ryan

2013-12-03

On December 3, 2013, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched Lives Without Limits, a campaign to promote the importance of including persons with disabilities in international exchange... Read More

The Disabilities Treaty: Right Treaty, Right Time, Right for America

U.S. Department of State

Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann

2013-12-03

Many people have life-changing moments that alter their life's path. This moment occurred for my family in 1949 when I was 18 months old and contracted polio. While some see... Read More

Media Note: Four-Year Mark of the Continued Incarceration of Alan Gross

U.S. Department of State

Office of the Spokesperson

2013-12-02

MEDIA NOTE Tomorrow, development worker Alan Gross will begin a fifth year of unjustified imprisonment in Cuba. Cuban authorities arrested Mr. Gross on December 3, 2009, and later sentenced him... Read More

Ambassador Power on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

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

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

2013-12-02

Modern slavery is young girls in America being forced to have sex with adults. It's women in Europe lured by the promise of a new life but subjugated to hazardous... Read More

Ambassador Power on World AIDS Day 2013

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

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

2013-12-01

Today, there are 35.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 1.1 million in the United States and 3.3 million children worldwide. In recent years, the number of AIDS-related deaths has... Read More

U.S. State Department Officials Meet with International Press Freedom Award Winners

U.S. Department of State

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Uzra Zeya

2013-11-30

 On November 21, I had the distinct privilege of welcoming journalists Janet Hinostroza of Ecuador and Nedim Sener of Turkey to the State Department. Both reporters are recipients of... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on the Violence Against Ukrainian Demonstrators

U.S. Department of State

Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki

2013-11-30

The United States condemns the violence by government authorities against peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv today. We urge Ukraine's leaders to respect their people's right to freedom of expression and assembly.... Read More

USUN Explains Position for the Third Committee Resolution on the Right To Privacy in the Digital Age

U.S. Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council, Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens

2013-11-26

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States appreciates the efforts of Germany and Brazil, and we are pleased to have joined consensus on today’s resolution because the human rights it... Read More



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