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Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty: An Opportunity To Reinforce U.S. Leadership on Disability Rights

This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself. In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to... Read More

Partnering With the Caribbean in Support of the Inter-American Human Rights System

Last week marked a milestone in our collaborative partnership with the states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to deepen engagement with, participation in, and awareness of the inter-American human rights... Read More

Progress Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons Program

International inspectors have worked with unprecedented speed to accomplish the first milestone in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons and reducing the possibility that they will ever be used again. Now we... Read More

Testimony: Elimination of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Opening Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Corker and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to come and give you... Read More

Vice President Meets with Disabilities Leaders on the Administration’s Strong Support for the Disabilities Treaty

Today, Vice President Biden met with the leaders of 20 disabilities and veterans advocacy groups at the White House to discuss the Disabilities Treaty. In the coming weeks, the Senate... Read More

Preserving a Free, Open, and Secure Internet

Last week, the three of us were in Bali, Indonesia, where we attended the 8th Annual Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia, to continue our ongoing advocacy for the preservation... Read More

Ambassador Baer Remarks at the International Commission for Missing Persons Conference

Good morning, It is really a pleasure to be back in the Hague—the Netherlands is such a leader on so many important international efforts, particularly those connected to human rights... Read More

Presidential Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month 2013

From Alaskan mountain peaks to the Argentinian pampas to the rocky shores of Newfoundland, Native Americans were the first to carve out cities, domesticate crops, and establish great civilizations. When... Read More

Ambassador Baer in Response to the Report of the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Florian Raunig

AS DELIVERED The United States welcomes Ambassador Raunig to the Permanent Council for his first report as Head of Presence, and we thank him for his comprehensive report. Mr. Ambassador,... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic

AS DELIVERED We welcome President Krivokapic to the Permanent Council for the first time since his election at the Istanbul Annual Session.  Your visit serves as a reminder that delegations... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Upcoming Municipal Elections in Kosovo

AS DELIVERED The United States urges the Government of Kosovo to ensure that municipal elections in Kosovo on November 3 meet international standards and are free of fraud and intimidation. ... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Georgia’s Presidential Election

AS DELIVERED The United States congratulates the people of Georgia on their presidential election on October 27. This election was an important milestone in further consolidating the country’s democratic transition... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Anti-Defamation League's National Commission Centennial Meeting

Thank you, Esta, for that wonderful introduction and greetings to you all. I am delighted to be here and deeply appreciate the invitation to participate in this august gathering. I’m... Read More

Secretary Kerry at the Open Government Partnership Annual Summit

MODERATOR: Wonderful. Thank you very much. I’m delighted to say that we are now joined by the Honorable John F. Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, in a live link... Read More

UPR 17th Session - Intervention for the Republic of the Congo

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 17th Session page. AS DELIVERED by Foreign Service Officer, Eric Richardson The United States welcomes the... Read More

UPR 17th Session – Intervention for Malta

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 17th Session page. AS DELIVERED by Foreign Service Officer, Aleks Needham The United States warmly welcomes... Read More

Eighth Annual Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Conference

I want to extend my warm welcome to all of you, especially those of you who traveled here from our Embassies and from AFRICOM. With us today, we have ambassadors,... Read More

Background Briefing: Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki's Visit to Washington and the U.S.-Iraq Bilateral Relationship Under the Strategic Framework Agreement

<p><strong>MODERATOR:</strong> Thank you so much, and everyone, welcome to the call. Our participant today, for folks to know, is . From here on out, he will be referred to as... Read More

Political Violence in Mozambique

The United States is deeply concerned by escalating violence between armed members of the opposition party Renamo and the Mozambican Armed Forces.  We are troubled by the confrontations in Sofala... Read More

UPR 17th Session – Intervention for Chad

Learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, and see other interventions on the UPR 17th Session page. AS DELIVERED by Foreign Service Officer, Miriam Schive The United States welcomes the... Read More


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