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President Obama on the Death of Nelson Mandela

THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Death of Nelson Mandela

Today, an eloquent voice has been silenced, a beautiful mind stilled, and a bountiful heart stopped. The epic soul of Nelson Mandela is now at rest. It is routine to... Read More

White House on the Central African Republic

In recent weeks, government affiliated armed groups and independent “self-defense” militias in the Central African Republic have committed shocking and horrific atrocities against innocent civilians that demand a swift response... Read More

Vice President Biden at a Breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and the U.S.-China Business Council

THE VICE PRESIDENT: (Applause.) Thank you very much. And I'm so late you probably thought you were going to hear from the 48th Vice President of the United States. (Laughter.) ... Read More

National Security Advisor Rice Remarks - Human Rights: Advancing American Interests and Values

Good afternoon, everyone.  And thank you so much Elisa for your incredibly kind introduction, but even more I want to thank you for your long career fighting the good fight,... Read More

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Leadership on International Human Rights

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 4, 2013 “People everywhere long for the freedom to determine their destiny; the dignity that comes with work; the comfort that... Read More

Testimony: Oversight of U.S. Policy Toward Burma

Introduction Chairman Chabot, Ranking Member Faleomavaega, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today about U.S. policy toward Burma and the important transition that... Read More

Ambassador Power at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference

Thank you, Minister Mboi and good morning to you all. It’s a great honor for me to speak with you this morning as you kick off your day. The video... Read More

Presidential Proclamation: International Day of Persons With Disabilities 2013

Nearly a quarter century has gone by since our Nation passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights bill that enshrined the principles of inclusion, access, and... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

It is my great pleasure to join the world’s one billion persons with disabilities in recognizing the 21st International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Here in the United States, we’ve... Read More

International Day of Persons With Disabilities Is About Living #WithoutLimits

On December 3, 2013, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched Lives Without Limits, a campaign to promote the importance of including persons with disabilities in international exchange... Read More

The Disabilities Treaty: Right Treaty, Right Time, Right for America

Many people have life-changing moments that alter their life's path. This moment occurred for my family in 1949 when I was 18 months old and contracted polio. While some see... Read More

Media Note: Four-Year Mark of the Continued Incarceration of Alan Gross

MEDIA NOTE Tomorrow, development worker Alan Gross will begin a fifth year of unjustified imprisonment in Cuba. Cuban authorities arrested Mr. Gross on December 3, 2009, and later sentenced him... Read More

Ambassador Power on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Modern slavery is young girls in America being forced to have sex with adults. It's women in Europe lured by the promise of a new life but subjugated to hazardous... Read More

Ambassador Power on World AIDS Day 2013

Today, there are 35.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 1.1 million in the United States and 3.3 million children worldwide. In recent years, the number of AIDS-related deaths has... Read More

U.S. State Department Officials Meet with International Press Freedom Award Winners

 On November 21, I had the distinct privilege of welcoming journalists Janet Hinostroza of Ecuador and Nedim Sener of Turkey to the State Department. Both reporters are recipients of... Read More

Spokesperson Psaki on the Violence Against Ukrainian Demonstrators

The United States condemns the violence by government authorities against peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv today. We urge Ukraine's leaders to respect their people's right to freedom of expression and assembly.... Read More

USUN Explains Position for the Third Committee Resolution on the Right To Privacy in the Digital Age

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States appreciates the efforts of Germany and Brazil, and we are pleased to have joined consensus on today’s resolution because the human rights it... Read More

Seeing America, Through the Lens of Journalism

Some arrived as skeptics, but they all were full of questions and wondered what to expect. A great majority had never been to the United States before. Yet just three... Read More

U.S. on the Protection and Prevention of Violence Against Religious Minorities

Agenda Item 3: “Protection of the existence of and prevention of violence against religious minorities” Thank you, Madam Chairperson. The United States deplores any act of violence against individuals of... Read More


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