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Ambassador Baer Response to António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The United States extends a warm welcome to High Commissioner António Guterres. The broader OSCE region, including participating States and Partners for Cooperation, grapples with significant challenges related to refugees,... Read More

Background Briefing on the Situation in Ukraine

MODERATOR: Thank you, everyone, for joining us today on this call and for your patience with the change in time. Again, a reminder that this call is going to be... Read More

Ambassador Baer on New Barriers to Free Expression in Russia

The United States first of all commends the Chairmanship for its focus on freedom of the media in 2014. We similarly continue to support the work of the OSCE Representative... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Situation in Ukraine

It’s with anger and anguish that we have watched renewed violence on the streets of Kyiv today destroy more lives and rip apart more families. The people of Ukraine deserve... Read More

Launch of the Bureau of Narcotics and International Law Enforcement (INL) Guide to Gender in the Criminal Justice System

Good afternoon everyone, and thank you so much for the opportunity to be here. This is an important gathering of advocates and practitioners focused on the critical importance of women... Read More

Ambassador Russell Keynote Remarks at the Launch of the World Bank's Gender at Work Report

Thank you Kyle and good afternoon everyone. I am grateful for the opportunity to be here. It’s wonderful to see so many friends in the audience. This event—and your being... Read More

Ambassador Power on Cooperation with the EU on Human Rights

Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations on Lithuania's presidency of the Security Council. Thank you also, Mr. Secretary General, for your remarks this morning, particularly the forceful comments you made... Read More

Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt’s Interview with CNN on Ukraine

Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt’s Interview with CNN on Ukraine Aired February 18, 2014 - 14:00 ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND... Read More

Remarks by Ambassador Pyatt Following a Meeting at the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Good afternoon. Let me begin by echoing some of my colleagues in expressing the deepest condolences for those who have lost their lives on the Maidan and around the atrocious... Read More

Secretary Kerry Remarks on Situation in Ukraine with French Foreign Minister Fabius

SECRETARY KERRY: Hello, everybody. First of all, let me say I’m very happy to be back visiting with Foreign Minister Fabius so soon after his visit to Washington. And we... Read More

President Obama on Situation in Ukraine

Excerpt from Restricted Bilateral Meeting, Mexico: The United States condemns in strongest terms the violence that's taking place there. And we have been deeply engaged with our European partners as... Read More

USUN on the Promotion and Strengthening of the Rule of Law in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

UN Security Council Debate on the Promotion and Strengthening of the Rule of Law in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security Thank you, Mr. President and thank you for... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Anti-LBGT Rhetoric in The Gambia

The United States is deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National Day speech on February 18. All people are created equal and should be... Read More

USOAS Addressing the Situation in Venezuela

Mr. Chair — The United States is deeply concerned by the rising tensions and violence we’ve seen during ongoing protests in Venezuela and we express our condolences to the families... Read More

President Obama Excerpts on Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine and Venezuela

Press Conference by President Obama, President Peña Nieto, and Prime Minister Harper In Venezuela, rather than trying to distract from its own failings by making up false accusations against diplomats... Read More

Ensuring a “Time to Thrive” for LGBTQ Youth

Last weekend, the Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with the National Education Association and American Counseling Association, hosted the first-ever “Time to Thrive” conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference... Read More

Vietnamese Government's Decision to Uphold Conviction of Le Quoc Quan

We are deeply concerned by the Vietnamese Government’s decision to uphold the conviction of human rights lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan to 30 months in prison on tax evasion... Read More

Remarks from Secretary Kerry on Democracy and Human Rights in Tunisia

SECRETARY KERRY: I’m very pleased to be here in Tunis at what is obviously a very important time for the country. On behalf of the United States of America and... Read More

Reports Regarding Expulsion of U.S. Officials in Venezuela

Regarding recent reports involving the expulsion of U.S. officials in Venezuela, the United States has not received any formal notification. The allegations that the United States is helping to organize... Read More

Release of the Final Report of the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Human Rights Situation in the D.P.R.K.

We strongly welcome and support the final report released by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.), which provides compelling... Read More


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