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U.S. on Reported Deaths in Ukraine Street Clashes

The United States strongly condemns the increasing violence on the streets of Kyiv, which has led to casualties and the shooting deaths of two protesters. We urge all sides to... Read More

President Obama and Vice President Biden on Sexual Assault Prevention

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Folks, let me start off by telling you why I’ve never had a doubt about joining this man on the ticket and why I’m so proud of... Read More

U.S. Welcomes Selection of New Transitional President of the Central African Republic

The United States welcomes the selection of Catherine Samba-Panza as Transitional President in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). As C.A.R.'s first woman head of state since the country’s independence, and... Read More

U.S. on Political Tensions in Thailand

The United States strongly condemns increasing violence in Bangkok that has resulted in deaths and injuries. We urge Thai authorities to investigate these attacks and bring those responsible to justice.... Read More

Secretary Kerry on the Syrian Opposition Coalition Votes to Attend Geneva II Peace Negotiations

This is a courageous vote in the interests of all the Syrian people who have suffered so horribly under the brutality of the Assad regime and a civil war without... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Egypt's Constitutional Referendum

Egypt's turbulent experiment in participatory democracy the last three years has reminded us all that it's not one vote that determines a democracy, it's all the steps that follow. It's... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on Disappearance of Ilham Tohti

We are deeply concerned by reports that Beijing police have taken into custody prominent economics professor Ilham Tohti on January 15, together with at least six of his students. The... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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