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“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: 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
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
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
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