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Additional Contribution to International Organization for Migration Emergency Assistance to Vulnerable Ethiopian Migrants

U.S. Department of State

Office of the Spokesperson


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

The White House


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

Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki


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

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry


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

U.S. Department of State

Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki


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

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

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


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

U.S. Department of State


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

Secretary Kerry at the Delegation Pledging Session of the Syria Donors' Conference

Bayan Palace - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Secretary of State John Kerry


Thank you, Mr. Secretary General. Good morning to everybody. As-salaam alaikum. Let me first thank His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah for bringing all of us... Read More

Testimony: Implications of the Crisis in Ukraine

Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Washington, D.C.

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland


AS PREPARED Thank you, Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is my honor to appear before you today to discuss the... Read More

The Situation in Ukraine

Statement Before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Washington, D.C.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Thomas O. Melia


Thank you, Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and distinguished Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for inviting me to testify on the situation in Ukraine. We very much appreciate... Read More

Selecting Transitional Leaders in the Central African Republic

Office of the Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State

Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf


The United States is closely following the ongoing deliberations of the Central African Republic’s Transitional National Council as it works to select a new President and Prime Minister. We urge... Read More

Under Secretary Kennedy Remarks at Government Procurement and Human Rights Workshop

George C. Marshall Center, U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.

Under Secretary for Management, Patrick F. Kennedy


AS PREPARED Thank you, Uzra, for your introduction, and thanks to all of you for being here today. The topic of government procurement and human rights is an important one,... Read More

Another Step Forward in the Fight against Human Trafficking

White House blog

Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz


In September 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama made a commitment to step up our fight against the evils of human trafficking and pledged to “do even more... Read More

Reaching Out to Syrian Refugees in Iraq

DipNote blog


To date, the United States is at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the conflict in Syria, providing more than $1.3 billion dollars in assistance -- with more to... Read More

Secretary Kerry on U.S. Deep Concern with Nigeria’s Enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act

Secretary of State John Kerry


The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association,... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance for the South Sudan Crisis


Key Developments International media report that violence may have resulted in the death of up to 10,000 people since December 15. On January 12, UNMISS reported that casualty figures in... Read More

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

DipNote blog

Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Luis CdeBaca


On December 31, 2013, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. He called upon private businesses, civil society groups, faith leaders, families, and individuals... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice on South Sudan

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice


The United States strongly supports the efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediators, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin and General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, to secure a cessation of hostilities and to... Read More

Testimony: The Situation in South Sudan, U.S. Department of State

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations - Washington, D.C

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield


Introduction Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. I know that the subject before us... Read More


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