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President Obama on South Sudan

In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan’s people. In... Read More

U.S. Mission to the UN on the Life and Memory of Nelson Mandela

Remarks at the Special Meeting of the 68th UN General Assembly Dedicated to the Life and Memory of Nelson Mandela Thank you, Mr. President, for convening this memorial to honor... Read More

Ambassador Power at a Press Conference in Bangui, Central African Republic

Hello, everybody. Thank you for coming out today and thank you for your patience. President Obama asked me to travel to the Central African Republic in order to do two... Read More

Update on South Sudan

The United States is deeply troubled by the recent fighting in South Sudan. We call on the country’s political leaders to refrain from any action that could escalate an already... Read More

Ambassador Power Remarks with Representatives of Nigerian Civil Society Organizations

Thank you, I am very pleased to be here and delighted to meet you all. There is a lot to discuss today, and I am, above all, here to listen... Read More

Op-Ed for International Migrants Day 2013: Migrants Need Protecting

They are scattered around the world, but they are valuable members of their communities. They are often absent, but their efforts mean families can build houses, put children through school,... Read More

U.S. Intervention Delivered at the 10th Annual G-8-BMENA Forum for the Future

It is an honor to represent the United States at this year’s Forum for the Future and a pleasure to be back in Egypt. On behalf of Secretary Kerry, I... Read More

Testimony: Responding to the Humanitarian, Security, and Governance Crisis in the Central African Republic

Thank you Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Flake and other members for the opportunity to testify before you today on this urgent matter. I very much appreciate your interest and your... Read More

HRC Will Expedite Appointment of Independent Expert on Human Rights in the Central African Republic

The United States welcomes the proposals in the Human Rights Council (HRC) today that will expedite the appointment of an Independent Expert for the Central African Republic in recognition of... Read More

Secretary Kerry Joint Press Availability With Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Excellency John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, ladies and gentlemen, correspondents; you may now have the... Read More

Chile Presidential Elections

We congratulate Dr. Michelle Bachelet on her election as the next President of Chile, based on the preliminary results issued by Chile’s electoral authorities. The Chilean people have once again... Read More

One Year Anniversary of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone's Disappearance

The United States remains deeply concerned over the fate of Sombath Somphone, one of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s most respected civil society figures, on the one-year anniversary of his... Read More

Secretary Kerry to Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. Ambassador, David, thank you very, very much. And thank you so much for your great leadership these past years. Xin chao, Vietnam. I’m very, very happy to... Read More

Youth and Human Rights

AS PREPARED Thank you, Nicole, for that kind introduction. It’s a true honor to be here at CSIS – and with such an impressive crowd, both in this beautiful new... Read More

Excerpt on Pastor Abedini from the White House Press Briefing December 13, 2013

Read full transcript on whitehouse.gov “President Obama raised Mr. Levinson's case in his phone call with President Rouhani, in addition to the cases of detained American citizens Saeed Abedini and... Read More

Video Message on the Disabilities Treaty

Hi everyone. I’m Uzra Zeya, the acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. I’m here today to talk with... Read More

Ambassador Baer Response to the OSCE Report on Gender Issues

Response to the Report of June Zeitlin, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Gender Issues All human beings have, and should enjoy, the same human rights and fundamental freedoms. ... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Elections in Kosovo

The United States joins with others in congratulating the people of Kosovo for the completion of the historic elections there over the past month. Throughout the first round on November... Read More

Ambassador Baer on Events in Ukraine

The United States calls for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Ukraine and is deeply concerned by events at Kyiv’s Independence Square on December 11. The Ukrainian government’s... Read More

Ambassador Baer on International Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2013

President Obama noted this week that six and a half decades ago, delegates from around the world convened to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rejecting the notion that... Read More


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