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Excerpt on Pastor Abedini from the White House Press Briefing December 13, 2013

Read full transcript on whitehouse.gov “President Obama raised Mr. Levinson's case in his phone call with President Rouhani, in addition to the cases of detained American citizens Saeed Abedini and... Read More

Video Message on the Disabilities Treaty

Hi everyone. I’m Uzra Zeya, the acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. I’m here today to talk with... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the OSCE Report on Gender Issues

Response to the Report of June Zeitlin, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Gender Issues All human beings have, and should enjoy, the same human rights and fundamental freedoms. ... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Elections in Kosovo

The United States joins with others in congratulating the people of Kosovo for the completion of the historic elections there over the past month. Throughout the first round on November... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Events in Ukraine

The United States calls for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Ukraine and is deeply concerned by events at Kyiv’s Independence Square on December 11. The Ukrainian government’s... Read More

Ambassador Baer on International Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2013

President Obama noted this week that six and a half decades ago, delegates from around the world convened to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rejecting the notion that... Read More

Ambassador Baer on European Union Court of Justice Ruling on Same-Sex Partnerships

Mr. Chairman, This morning the European Union’s highest court, the EU Court of Justice, set an EU-wide standard holding that in EU countries where gay and lesbian couples cannot marry,... Read More

Ambassador Baer to Russian Federation Statement on International Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week

Mr. Chairman, If you will allow me to make three quick points. First, with respect to the statement of the distinguished representative of the Russian Federation, some issues mentioned relate... Read More

Ambassador Baer on the Report of Astrid Thors, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

The United States warmly welcomes High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors for her first presentation to the Permanent Council. Madame High Commissioner, we thank you for your comprehensive report... Read More

U.S. on Civilian Massacres in Syria

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent massacres of Syrian civilians in the Qalamoun region and elsewhere. Scores of civilians, many of them children, have again fallen victim... Read More

Crackdown on Cuban Civil Society’s Human Rights Day Events

We deplore the Cuban government’s harsh tactics to impede Cuban civil society’s peaceful recognition of Human Rights Day. On December 10 and 11, Cuban authorities violently detained dozens of independent... Read More

U.S. Criticizes Romanian TV Station for Anti-Semitism

The U.S. The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest finds the December 6 broadcast of a so-called carol glorifying the Holocaust and violence against Jews an unacceptable display of anti-Semitism that must... Read More

Looking Ahead: Opportunities & Challenges for Women's Political Participation in 2014

Thank you Ken for opening up NDI to us today, and thank you Lorne for your kind introduction. I’d like to thank IRI and NDI for the work that you... Read More

Assistant Secretary Nuland Remarks to the Media Following Meeting with President Yanukovych of Ukraine

Hello Ukraine! It is my honor to have been here in these historic and difficult days. I hope the people of Ukraine know that the United States stands with you... Read More

UNHCR Dialogue: U.S. Statement on Protecting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

On behalf of the U.S. delegation, I commend the High Commissioner for selecting the protection of internally displaced persons, or IDPs, as the topic of this year’s Dialogue. We need... Read More

Outcomes of the 2013 OSCE Ministerial

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal led the U.S. delegation to the... Read More

President Obama at Memorial Service for Former South African President Nelson Mandela

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Roundtable Strategy Session on International LGBT Rights

I’d like to welcome you to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and I’d like to begin if I could with just a few remarks before handing the floor... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Human Rights Day 2013

Around the world, the fundamental struggle for dignity for economic justice, political freedom, and personal expression — continues every day and in many forms. I’ve seen firsthand what can happen... Read More

Ambassador Power on Human Rights Day 2013

In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly established Human Rights Day so as to honor the newly drafted Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its new global standard of... Read More


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