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New Report Highlights the Hardships and Hard-Won Victories for LGBT People in the Europe and Eurasia Region

As the recent winter Olympics in Sochi illustrated all too well, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia face tremendous hurdles in their everyday lives, including openly hostile... Read More

Deputy Secretary Burns Statement and Q&A at U.S. Embassy Kyiv

DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message... Read More

Ambassador DeLisi Interview with BBC World Service on the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law

AMB DeLisi: What I heard from the co-owner of The Red Pepper disturbs me greatly.  I don't think any responsible journalists believe that this is a story, that exposing people's... Read More

Testimony: U.S. Policy Toward Sudan and South Sudan

AS DELIVERED The Honorable Donald Booth, Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, U.S. Department of State Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the... Read More

Ambassador Power at a UN General Assembly Informal Plenary Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

Thank you. On Saturday, the UN Security Council spoke belatedly and with one voice in condemning the widespread violation of human rights and international humanitarian law by Syrian authorities, in... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki Concern over Bolotnaya Verdicts and Detentions

The United States is deeply disappointed by the sentences handed down by a Moscow court in the cases of eight individuals arrested after the Bolotnaya Square protests in Moscow in... Read More

Secretary Kerry Discussion on Ending and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Situations

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very, very much for joining us here. We’re really honored to have all of you. But also, I’m privileged to have Foreign Secretary... Read More

Secretary Kerry To Release Annual Human Rights Reports

Notice to the Press Secretary of State John Kerry will release the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. in the Press... Read More

Secretary Kerry: Preventing Sexual Violence Is a National Security Imperative

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry co-authored this entry with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague. Imagine that you're caught in the cross-hairs of a civil war. Your family has been... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Enactment of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights. Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law. The United States... Read More

White House Press Secretary on Uganda

Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation... Read More

USUN at a UN Security Council Meeting on Cooperation with the OSCE

Thank you, Madame President. I, too, would like to welcome OSCE Chairperson-in-Office President Didier Burkhalter to the Security Council and thank him for today’s briefing on OSCE activities under Swiss... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Recent Attacks by Boko Haram

Unspeakable violence and acts of terror like the ones committed by Boko Haram last week in northern Nigeria are horrific, wrong, and have no place in our world. Last Saturday,... Read More

Secretary Kerry Speaks With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov About the Situation in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by telephone this morning with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine.  Secretary Kerry expressed the United States Government's strong support... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture

Thank you, Mayor Garcetti, for your very kind words and for welcoming me to Los Angeles. I did my homework on you before coming to your town. And I came... Read More

Secretary Kerry on UN Security Council Resolution on Syria

This could be a hinge-point in the tortured three years of a Syria crisis bereft of hope. This overdue resolution, if fully implemented, will ensure humanitarian aid reaches people in... Read More

White House Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine. We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move... Read More

Former Guatemalan Special Forces Officer Sentenced for Covering Up Involvement in 1982 Massacre

A former Guatemalan Special Forces officer was sentenced on February 10 to serve 10 years in prison for covering up his involvement in a 1982 massacre at Dos Erres, Guatemala. ... Read More

U.S. Concern over the Bolotnaya Verdicts

On May 6, 2012, thousands of Russians – teachers, students, scientists, athletes, pensioners – took to the streets of Moscow to demand fair elections and government accountability. Today, a Russian... Read More

President Obama's Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.  The President reiterated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural,... Read More


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