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U.S. on Civilian Massacres in Syria

Deputy Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf

2013-12-12

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent massacres of Syrian civilians in the Qalamoun region and elsewhere. Scores of civilians, many of them children, have again fallen victim... Read More

Crackdown on Cuban Civil Society’s Human Rights Day Events

U.S. Department of State

Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf

2013-12-12

We deplore the Cuban government’s harsh tactics to impede Cuban civil society’s peaceful recognition of Human Rights Day. On December 10 and 11, Cuban authorities violently detained dozens of independent... Read More

U.S. Criticizes Romanian TV Station for Anti-Semitism

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Embassy Bucharest - Bucharest, Romania

2013-12-12

The U.S. The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest finds the December 6 broadcast of a so-called carol glorifying the Holocaust and violence against Jews an unacceptable display of anti-Semitism that must... Read More

Looking Ahead: Opportunities & Challenges for Women's Political Participation in 2014

National Democratic Institute (NDI) Offices - Washington, D.C.

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Catherine M. Russell

2013-12-12

Thank you Ken for opening up NDI to us today, and thank you Lorne for your kind introduction. I’d like to thank IRI and NDI for the work that you... Read More

Assistant Secretary Nuland Remarks to the Media Following Meeting with President Yanukovych of Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine

Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland

2013-12-11

Hello Ukraine! It is my honor to have been here in these historic and difficult days. I hope the people of Ukraine know that the United States stands with you... Read More

UNHCR Dialogue: U.S. Statement on Protecting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Geneva, Switzerland

Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard

2013-12-11

On behalf of the U.S. delegation, I commend the High Commissioner for selecting the protection of internally displaced persons, or IDPs, as the topic of this year’s Dialogue. We need... Read More

Outcomes of the 2013 OSCE Ministerial

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

2013-12-11

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal led the U.S. delegation to the... Read More

President Obama at Memorial Service for Former South African President Nelson Mandela

First National Bank Stadium Johannesburg, South Africa

President Barack Obama

2013-12-10

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Roundtable Strategy Session on International LGBT Rights

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

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

2013-12-10

I’d like to welcome you to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and I’d like to begin if I could with just a few remarks before handing the floor... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Human Rights Day 2013

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-12-10

Around the world, the fundamental struggle for dignity for economic justice, political freedom, and personal expression — continues every day and in many forms. I’ve seen firsthand what can happen... Read More

Ambassador Power on Human Rights Day 2013

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

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

2013-12-10

In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly established Human Rights Day so as to honor the newly drafted Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its new global standard of... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Events in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-12-10

The United States expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv's Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with... Read More

Ambassador Power on the Struggle for Democracy

National Democratic Institute Democracy Dinner - New York, N.Y.

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

2013-12-10

Thank you so much, Madam Secretary, and greetings to everyone. I have always loved birthday parties and I’m very honored to be invited to yours. But before I begin, I’d... Read More

Excerpts from Testimony: The Transition in Afghanistan

Remarks Submitted for the Record to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Washington, D.C.

Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James F. Dobbins

2013-12-10

Read full transcript on state.gov SECURITY TRANSITION AND PARTNERSHIP The Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), signed by President Obama and President Karzai in May 2012, codified the terms of our... Read More

Secretary Kerry on International Anticorruption Day

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-12-09

The United States joins the international community today in saluting individuals, governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and international organizations dedicated to preventing and combating the scourge of corruption. It is... Read More

U.S. Denounces the Murder of Kawa Garmiany

U.S. Embassy Baghdad - Baghdad, Iraq

2013-12-09

The U.S. Mission in Iraq condemns the recent murder of journalist Kawa Garmiany.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues. We are deeply concerned about the circumstances... Read More

Readout of Ambassador Power's Call with Central African Republic Transitional President Michel Djotodia

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

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

2013-12-09

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power spoke by phone this morning with Central African Republic Transitional President Michel Djotodia to convey the U.S. government’s deep concern over the... Read More

Ambassador Power on International Anticorruption Day

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

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

2013-12-09

This year marks one decade since the United Nations adopted the Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the first legally binding international agreement to fight corruption in all of its forms. Corruption... Read More

President Obama's Message to the People of the Central African Republic

2013-12-09

In recent weeks, government affiliated armed groups and independent “self-defense” militias have committed shocking and horrific atrocities against innocent civilians in the Central African Republic. The United States is actively... Read More

Secretary Kerry on Fifth Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Detention

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State John Kerry

2013-12-09

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Nobel laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo’s detention. The United States is deeply concerned that Chinese authorities continue to imprison Liu Xiaobo, as well as... Read More



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